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Draft Suicide Prevention Bill Consultation - Government of South Australia

5th January 2021
Consultation on Draft Suicide Prevention Bill 2020

Consultation on the Draft Suicide Prevention Bill

Many South Australians have been affected by suicide and the consequences can be devastating, complex and long-lasting for families and communities.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for South Australians aged 15 to 44, is the third leading cause of premature death, and has the third highest rate of years of life lost for all conditions.

The draft Suicide Prevention Bill proposes to establish measures to reduce suicide in South Australia. It will promote a whole of community focus on suicide, underpinned by sustained engagement with the community, government and non-government agencies, and services and community organisations such as Suicide Prevention Networks.

The purpose of the Bill is to have a legislative mechanism that aims to reduce the incidence of deaths by suicide and suicide attempts in this State. It proposes to do so through a number of measures, including:

  • Establishing a Suicide Prevention Council to oversee suicide prevention and postvention (activities and programs to support people bereaved by suicide) and prepare a State Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • Requiring certain agencies to have suicide prevention plans which respond to not only their employees but also their consumers.
  • Establishing the capacity to declare certain means or methods of suicide as a controlled lethal means.
  • Establishing a suicide register to provide more timely information that will assist in a targeted approach to suicide prevention initiatives.

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Bill. You can provide a written submission or complete the short community survey which is available at: yoursay.sa.gov.au. There will also be two public webinar consultations with interested stakeholders. Details are available on the YourSAy website.

Consultation closes COB Friday 12 February 2021