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A gift left in your Will (bequest) is an expression of your vision for the future. It underscores who you are, what you care about, and what gives your life particular poignancy and meaning.

Gifts in Wills are special and they matter: to bequestors and their families, to the Curtin University community, and ultimately to future generations who will benefit from the contributions and innovations of Curtin’s graduates and research programs.

Personalising your gift

Because the University’s specific priorities in education, research and engagement change over time, you may wish to designate your bequest as unrestricted so that Curtin can determine how it can best be used at the time to ensure the greatest impact.

Of course, if you have a particular vision for the direction of your bequest, it is possible to make a restricted gift in your Will to a particular focus area.

  • Learning and student experience: Your bequest can provide specific scholarships to students or be directed to a study field that matches your interests. You may also wish to support Curtin more broadly, to lead in education and innovation, or help prepare all graduates for the future.
  • Research and innovation: Your bequest can help ensure that Curtin’s brightest minds are able to focus on research programs that can make a real difference to lives and communities around the world. Or you may wish to support a specific research field that’s close to your heart.
  • Engagement and impact: You may wish to direct your gift to specific area, such as the John Curtin Gallery or Curtin FM, or help Curtin make a difference globally through a range of engagement initiatives and partnerships.

If you have something else in mind, we welcome the opportunity to have a confidential conversation with you about your vision for the future and how you hope to make a lasting impact.

Gift in Wills: a how-to guide

If you would like to leave a lasting legacy at Curtin in your Will, there are various ways this can be done. You can leave a gift of:

  • a specific amount of money (pecuniary)
  • a specific asset, such as a property, the proceeds of a life insurance policy, stocks or shares
  • the remainder of your estate – giving Curtin the remainder of your estate after you have bequeathed specific things to your loved ones (residuary)
  • a percentage of your total estate
  • your entire estate.

If your gift is unrestricted, we recommend you use the following wording in your Will:

“I give [insert your bequest] to Curtin University, within the Curtin University Foundation at Curtin University (ABN 99 143 842 569), to be applied for unrestricted, general purposes. In respect of such legacy, I direct that the receipt of a duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

If you wish to leave an unrestricted gift, we can help you draft the wording for your Will.

To ensure that your wishes are honoured, please seek appropriate legal advice when you make your Will or amend it with a codicil.


We welcome your queries. Should you wish to discuss your bequest or any of the above information with us, please contact:

Tim McInnis
Chief Advancement Officer, Curtin University

Phone: +61 8 9266 3446