This paper provides a brief overview of the practice of advance care planning in Australia. It has been prepared by staff of the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety but does not represent a direction or position of the Royal Commission in relation to advance care planning. Any views expressed are not necessarily the views of the Commissioners.
This paper provides a high-level description of the components of advance care planning, an overview of the practices in each state and territory and a brief explanation of advance care planning as it relates to aged care. It does not comprehensively examine the differences in advance care planning regimes in each state and territory, or their relative advantages or limitations.
This paper does not examine issues related to supported decision-making or decision-making capacity. Nor does it discuss arrangements for substitute decision-making made by a court or tribunal.