Gifts in Wills

You have the power to help shape the future of Australia’s natural places – a future where our quintessential bush landscapes and habitats for our extraordinary wildlife remain intact.

A gift in your Will, no matter the amount, can make a real difference to the threatened and vulnerable species protected within our reserves and partnership regions.

How would you like to be remembered?

No matter the size, when you include a gift to Bush Heritage in your Will, you're leaving a legacy that will help ensure your values of protecting wildlife and the environment carry on for future generations.

Naturally you'll want to look after your loved ones first. By including a gift to Bush Heritage you're giving them something extra – the gift of a protected natural world in which they can find joy, peace and wonder.

“It’s empowering and makes me feel good to think I'm able to help save landscapes and species that are threatened or facing extinction. I like being part of an organisation that's actually doing something about it.”
– Louise Cahill, long-term supporter.

Everyone should have a Will

A Will gives you the power to choose how your assets are used. They're not just for the wealthy – everyone should have one. They needn't be expensive or complicated, but legal advice will ensure your Will is clear and effective.

You choose the structure

If you decide to leave a gift to Bush Heritage, there's lots of flexibility in how you choose to fit this around other beneficiaries.

Colonies of Mareeba Rock Wallabies have found refuge at Yourka Reserve (Qld). Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Colonies of Mareeba Rock Wallabies have found refuge at Yourka Reserve (Qld). Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Whole or part of your estate

A residual bequest

A percentage of your estate

Gift in specie

Life interest

A specific bequest

Updating an existing Will

If you'd like to include Bush Heritage in your existing Will, you may simply like to add a Codicil (an amendment to your Will). Codicils are a simple and effective way to make updates without re-writing your entire Will. You'll need to ensure it's signed and witnessed by a solicitor or Public Trustee.

Suggested wording

Once you've decided on the type of bequest you'd like to make, ask your solicitor to draft a clause. The following words are a guide only and subject to your solicitor’s advice:

“I give:

(a) the residue (or percentage) of the residue of my estate; or
(b) the sum of $(amount); or (specified items)

to BUSH HERITAGE AUSTRALIA (ABN 78 053 639 115) to be held upon Trust and to be applied towards conservation purposes in accordance with the Constitutional objectives of BUSH HERITAGE AUSTRALIA in its absolute discretion to determine.”

A bequest that supports our conservation work in general provides us with the greatest flexibility to respond to critical priorities in the future; however if you have a particular purpose in mind please contact us to discuss your wishes.

Bequests have played an important role in the history of Bush Heritage and are recognised on our bequest supporter honour board.
Bequests for the bush booklet
Wills Guide to print (PDF 2mb)

Let us know

If you've included Bush Heritage in your Will or are considering it, please fill in this form to let us know so we can thank you properly. It also gives us a chance to welcome you to the Bush Legacy Circle our growing group of bequest supporters.

Please note your information will be held in strict confidence in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Can we help?

If you have any questions at all please contact Sally, Miranda or Alannah in our Philanthropy Team. Call 1300 628 873 or email [email protected].