Making an advance care directive

Making an advance care directive is one way of planning for your future care, should there come a time when you are unable to make decisions about your medical treatment.

An advance care directive is a legal document in which you can:

  • record your values and preferences for your medical treatment (a values directive)
  • make legally binding statements directed to your health practitioners, in which you consent to, or refuse, specific future medical treatment (an instructional directive).


You should only complete an instructional directive if you know the medical treatment that you want or do not want in the future, as health practitioners must follow your instruction.


Find the advance care directive form, and instructions for completing it, on the Victorian Government Health website

Please note: These forms are created and managed by the Department of Health. You may need to scroll down the page to find the form.

Watch a video on witnessing requirements for these forms

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