Leaving a bequest

You can leave a lasting legacy and ensure that Deakin benefits from your generosity by bequeathing a donation or gift to the university in your will or trust distributions. It's a very personal way to identify what is important to you, and allows you to give in a way that will continue to enhance future students' lives.


You can help inspire students and have a significant impact on the Deakin community.

How to include Deakin University in your will

Leave a bequest to Deakin University by adding a codicil to your will or drafting a new will. 

You may wish to include one of the following sample clauses:

I give (fixed amount / percentage of my residuary estate / property) to Deakin University ABN 56 721 584 203, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220 for its general purposes. The receipt of Deakin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.

or

I give (fixed amount / percentage of my residuary estate / property) to Deakin University ABN 56 721 584 203, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220 for (please describe a specific purpose as widely as possible). The receipt of Deakin University shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Specific bequests

If you'd like to direct your gift to a specific purpose at Deakin University – for example donating to a particular school or setting up a scholarship fund – please contact the Deakin Donor Relations team for sample wording or clauses to ensure your vision for Deakin is captured in your will.

When accepting a bequest which has a specific purpose, Deakin is legally and ethically obliged to observe that purpose. Over time there may be program/demand changes that make it impossible or impractical to meet the specific purpose stated in your will.

Sample clause

When giving to Deakin for a specific purpose, please consider including the following provision in your will:

If at any time Deakin University determines that it is impossible or impractical to fulfil the purpose of my bequest, the university may apply the bequest for a related purpose that will most nearly accomplish the purpose or is consonant with the spirit and intent of my bequest.

Get in touch

If you’d like assistance regarding establishing a bequest or need more information, please contact:

Bequests and Trusts Coordinator
Felicity Costigan
+61 3 9244 3762
Email Felicity Costigan