Planning ahead

Advance Care Directives

Thinking about your future and making your wishes known in advance protects your future rights, wishes, values and preferences.

An Advance Care Directive is a legal form that allows people over the age of 18 years to:

  • write down their wishes, preferences and instructions for future health care, living arrangements, personal matters and end of life
  • appoint one or more substitute decision-makers to make these decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so themselves.

The Advance Care Directive came into effect on 1 July 2014. If you already had a Medical Power of Attorney or an Anticipatory Direction, these continue to be legally effective, unless you complete the Advance Care Directive Form.

See the Advance Care Directives website for more information on preparing an Advance Care Directive or use their online form.

For free legal advice phone the Legal Services Commission on 1300 366 424.

Advance Care Directive DIY Kit - Service SA shop


Related information

Other websites

Advance Directives - Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Planning ahead - Office of the Public Advocate
Planning ahead - SA Health


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Page last updated 30 November 2016

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