In this year's General Election, you can also vote in a referendum on whether you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019.
The Act uses words and language you might not be familiar with. The information below may help to explain the Act and what you can vote on in the referendum.
You can choose 1 of these 2 answers.
I support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force.
I do not support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force.
The Act gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying.
Parliament passed the End of Life Choice Act, but it has not come into force. The Act will only come into force if more than 50% of voters in the referendum vote 'Yes'.
In the Act, 'assisted dying' means:
In the Act, 'medication' means a lethal dose of the medication used for assisted dying.
To be able to ask for assisted dying, a person must meet ALL the following criteria. They must:
A person would not be eligible to ask for assisted dying if the only reason they give is that they are suffering from a mental disorder or mental illness, or have a disability of any kind, or are of advanced age.
Under the Act, a person is able to make an informed decision about assisted dying if they can do ALL of the following things:
The doctor must do their best to make sure that a person's choice to ask for assisted dying is their own.
If, at any time, the doctor or nurse practitioner thinks a person is being pressured about their decision, they must stop the process.
A health practitioner is not allowed to suggest that a person consider assisted dying when providing a health service to them.
The process of assisted dying begins with the person asking their doctor.
The person's doctor and an independent doctor must agree that the person meets all the criteria, which includes being able to make an informed decision about assisted dying.
If either doctor is unsure of the person's ability to make that decision, a psychiatrist needs to assess the person. If a person is not eligible, they cannot receive assisted dying.
If the person is eligible, they choose a method, date, and time for taking the medication.
At the time the person has chosen to take the medication, the doctor or nurse practitioner must ask the person if they still choose to take the medication.
If the person chooses to take it, the doctor or nurse practitioner gives it. The doctor or nurse practitioner must be available to the person until they die.
If the person changes their mind, the medication must be taken away.
If more than 50% of people vote 'Yes' in the referendum, the End of Life Choice Act will come into force 12 months after the date the final votes are announced.
If more than 50% of people vote 'No' in the referendum, the End of Life Choice Act will not come into force.
Visit the summary page to find out what the Act says about:
Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the End of Life Choice Act.
At this year's General Election, you'll also be given the opportunity to vote in a referendum on the recreational use of cannabis.