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Honey possum. Photo by William Marwick.
Honey possum. Photo by William Marwick.

Gifts in Wills: your questions answered

How can I ensure my intentions and wishes are upheld?

Bush Heritage Australia highly recommends you seek independent, professional legal and tax advice when making or changing your Will to ensure your intentions will be realised and the distributions to beneficiaries will be maximised.

Having your Will professionally written should not be expensive and provides peace of mind knowing your wishes are more likely to be upheld. 

If you need a solicitor, the law society of your state or territory can refer you to one.

If engaging a solicitor is not possible, or you would simply like to learn a little bit more about the types of things to consider, you may find Gathered Here’s free online Will tool helpful.

Note Bush Heritage does not provide legal advice. Any referral to an Online Will provider does not constitute legal advice, or an endorsement that an Online Will is suitable for your needs. Individuals using Online Wills should seek legal advice before making any changes or updates to their Wills.

What type of gifts can I leave in my Will?

  • Whole or part of your estate, whereby your entire estate, or any part of it, is left to Bush Heritage.
  • A residual gift, whereby the remainder (or a proportion of the remainder) of your estate will be paid to Bush Heritage. This is a simple way to leave a gift that won't interfere with any specific bequests to loved ones. It will also retain its value over time (unlike a specific gift that can reduce in value with inflation).
  • A specific gift, such as any sum of money, cash balances in a bank account, a residential house, commercial real estate or company shares.
  • An in-specie gift, which is an asset that can be transferred directly from your estate to Bush Heritage. If you’re considering leaving real estate or shares to Bush Heritage, this option allows the asset to be transferred directly to Bush Heritage and may save your estate paying capital gains tax on the sale of the asset. Seek appropriate legal advice to ensure this is suitable to your circumstance.

What is Bush Heritage Australia’s DGR status?

Bush Heritage Australia is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed Bush Heritage Australia for charity tax concessions, including exemption from income tax, and has also endorsed its public fund, Bush Heritage Australia Fund, as a deductible gift recipient.

Bush Heritage Australia Fund, the public fund of Bush Heritage Australia, is listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations.

What is Bush Heritage’s correct legal name, ABN and address?

BUSH HERITAGE AUSTRALIA, ABN 78 053 639 115, Level 10, 637 Flinders St Docklands, VIC 3008.

Is there any specific wording I should use?

Once you have chosen the right type of bequest for you, speak with your solicitor to have your Will written. Please note the following wording is a guide only and subject to your solicitor’s advice.

“I give (insert one of the following)

  • Specific Amount: the sum of $X (insert financial amount)
  • Whole of Estate: my entire Estate
  • % of Estate: (insert percentage or proportion) of my Estate
  • % of Residue: (insert percentage or proportion) of the residue of my Estate
  • Real Estate: all of my interest in my real property described as (insert legal property tenure description / title details)
  • Shares: my shares in (insert description of publicly listed company)

to Bush Heritage Australia (ABN 78 053 639 115) to be applied towards conservation purposes in accordance with the Constitutional objectives of Bush Heritage Australia in its absolute discretion and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of Bush Heritage Australia shall be a sufficient discharge for my Trustees.”

Can I leave my superannuation or life insurance policy?

You can, however superannuation and life insurance do not automatically form part of your Estate. We recommend speaking to a legal professional make the appropriate arrangements.

Will Bush Heritage keep gifts of property as part of its reserve network?

This depends on a range of factors, so it is important to discuss your wishes with a member of our team if you are considering leaving a bequest of land to Bush Heritage.

Should I tell Bush Heritage about my bequest?

That’s up to you. We understand that making a Will can be a personal and private matter. Knowing we have such generous support allows us to personally thank our supporters and plan for the future. If you would like to let us know about your bequest, reach out to our team via email, phone or via the confidential web form below.

Can I nominate Bush Heritage as my executor or Power of Attorney?

Bush Heritage is unable to act as an executor. The costs of this would outweigh any potential benefits, as staff at Bush Heritage are not experienced or trained in estate administration. There is also a risk of perceived undue influence if your Will is contested for any reason.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact our Gifts in Wills team on 1300 628 873 or email

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Gifts in Wills Guide to print (PDF 4mb)


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If you've included Bush Heritage in your Will or are considering leaving us a gift, please fill in this form to let us know so we can welcome you to the Bush Legacy Circle. We would love to invite you join us at special events as our way of thanking you for protecting nature for future generations..

Bush Legacy Circle at Dome Rock, Boolcoomatta.Sturts Desert Peas and Billy Buttons by Sarah Martin

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