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If you have made the important decision to leave a gift in your Will to CDU, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Use the suggested bequest wording below to determine the specifications of your gift
  2. Make an appointment with your solicitor to legalise your decision. If you are creating or updating your Will, we suggest you consult a legal adviser to ensure that your Will is valid and your wishes are expressed correctly
  3. Let us know if you have left us a gift in your Will - we’d love to thank you!

Suggested wording for a gift in your Will

The University highly recommends that you seek the advice of a solicitor, trustee or legal professional when making your Will. The University is not in a position to provide legal or financial advice in the making of your Will.

Unrestricted Bequest 
"I give to Charles Darwin University (ABN 54 093 513 649) the sum of $ [OR .. xx%, the residue of my Estate; OR whole of my Estate AND/OR the following property...] of my Estate free of all duties and deductions, to be applied for the purposes of the University in such manner as the Board of Trustees of the University, or its successors, may determine.  I express the wish that this be done in the name/memory of [insert your chosen name] and I direct that the receipt from Charles Darwin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustee."

Specific Bequest 
"I give to Charles Darwin University (ABN 54 093 513 649) the sum of $ [OR .. xx%, the residue of my Estate; OR whole of my Estate AND/OR the following property...] of my Estate free of all duties and deductions, to be applied for the following purpose [insert research program, capital purposes, operating costs, specific department etc].  I express the wish that this be done in the name/memory of [insert your chosen name] and I direct that the receipt from Charles Darwin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustee."

For Research 
"I give to Charles Darwin University (ABN 54 093 513 649) the sum of $ [OR .. xx%, the residue of my Estate; OR whole of my Estate AND/OR the following property...] of my Estate free of all duties and deductions, for research in the field of [insert general description of area of research e.g. sustainability, mental health.]. I express the wish that this be done in the name/memory of [insert your chosen name] and I direct that the receipt from Charles Darwin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustee."

For Scholarships 
"I give to Charles Darwin University (ABN 54 093 513 649) the sum of $ [OR .. xx%, the residue of my Estate; OR whole of my Estate AND/OR the following property...] of my Estate free of all duties and deductions, to establish one or more scholarships for [insert general description of area to be supported e.g. disadvantaged students, refugees, medicine.] [Each Scholarship is to be called [insert name of scholarship] in the area for which it is awarded.] I express the wish that this be done in the name/memory of [insert your chosen name] and I direct that the receipt from Charles Darwin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustee."

The research and teaching priorities of the University may change over time. As a consequence, we ask that you include the following in your will:

“If at any time Charles Darwin University determines that it is impossible or impracticable to carry out the stated purpose, Charles Darwin University may apply the income of the bequest for such purpose of purposes as Charles Darwin University determines most closely accords with the stated purpose.”

If you are considering leaving a gift to Charles Darwin University in your Will, we can arrange a visit or confidential discussion. To arrange, please contact:
Simon Matthias
Director of Advancement
T: 08 8946 7501
E: simon.matthias@cdu.edu.au