Advance Care Directive


An Advance Care Directive is a legal form where a person, over 18 years of age,  is able to write down his or her instructions, wishes and preferences for future health care, accommodation and personal matters and/or to appoint one or more substitute decision makers who are people chosen to make decisions on the person’s behalf in any period of impaired decision making capacity, or as determined by the person.

An Advance Care Directive replaces:

  • Enduring Power of Guardianship,
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Anticipatory Direction

If any of these advance directives were made prior to July 1st 2014 they will continue to be valid and will be treated as if they were made under the Advance Care Directives Act 2013.

Further information can be found on our Advance Care Directives Fact Sheet, the Advance Care Directives website, or the SA Health website.