Write your Will for free during Free Wills Week

UniSA is offering the opportunity to write your Will for free for a limited time with Safewill (usually $160). You can complete your own Will in as little as 20 minutes, and it will be reviewed by Safewill’s affiliate law firm to ensure it is completed correctly. You should make your own enquiries as to whether the service offered by Safewill is appropriate for your needs. There is no obligation to include UniSA in your Will to take up this offer.

Start writing your Will today and submit it during Free Wills Week from 18 to 24 March to access this special offer.

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Your Will. Your Way.

Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your loved ones.

It is also one of the most meaningful ways you can make a lasting impact, by including a gift to help future generations in an area that matters to you.

Many of our donors choose to leave a gift in their Will knowing it is a wonderful way to ensure their legacy continues.

You can be assured that the legislation to create Adelaide University explicitly provides that gifts made to UniSA will transfer to the new Adelaide University.

Please contact us for a confidential discussion about your vision and how you can make a difference:

Zoe Gray, Advancement Officer (Gifts in Wills)
Phone: +61 (8) 8302 7630
Email: bequests@unisa.edu.au

 

Dreaming into the future as time travellers

Joyti on the farm

Nurturing potential, possibility and hope

Joyti Zwar

“I’m not going to see the end result, but I feel like I’m doing my small part to support someone’s future education.” more...

Nurturing potential, possibility and hope

Joyti Zwar

“I’m not going to see the end result, but I feel like I’m doing my small part to support someone’s future education.”

Knowing that her life’s work will continue to make a difference for the rural communities she cares about gives Joyti Zwar a sense of confidence in the future.

“Thinking about how you want your legacy to look when you pass away is important to anyone, and it doesn’t always have to be the traditional types of gifts that you leave.”

Joyti chose to include a gift in her Will to UniSA to help regional students studying in allied health professions. Her gift will provide scholarships to help take the financial pressure off rural families.

“Working in a rural location I specifically would like my bequest to go to rural students wanting to study in a physiotherapy profession, or whatever that may look like in future.”

Joyti included her family in the process of drafting her Will and spoke to them about her intentions and the reasons why she chose to support a cause close to her heart.

“Talking with family was an important part of making the bequest, to say this is what I’d like to happen, so when you do pass on it’s not a surprise and your estate is going to go where you want.”

“It makes me feel confident that I’m contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of rural communities now and in the future.”

 

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO DUniv

Fulfilling a vision

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO DUniv

“My bequest is to support nursing and midwifery research. I hope it will contribute to enhancing evidence-based care into the future.” more...

Fulfilling a vision

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO DUniv

“My bequest is to support nursing and midwifery research. I hope it will contribute to enhancing evidence-based care into the future.”

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO DUniv is a trailblazer in the field of nursing. It is her wish to leave a legacy that will have an enduring impact in her chosen profession.

This is why Rosemary decided to include a gift to UniSA in her Will. She has chosen to support research that will help future nurses and midwives reach their full potential.

Rosemary feels reassured that her life’s legacy will continue through her gift and will lead to improved care and health outcomes for patients.

During her distinguished career in nursing and health leadership Rosemary saw the need for greater investment in research to help inform best practice care. Her gift will help realise this vision.

“I know that nurses and midwives have the capability to respond to any challenge that comes their way, but they must be supported through research to do so.”

With her gift in her Will, Rosemary is doing just that.

 

Jeff Kasparian and Mary Staunton

Casting forward to the next generation

Jeff Kasparian and Mary Staunton

“I have done the right thing in my bequest – and I get to see the benefit too which is a bonus!” more...

Casting forward to the next generation

Jeff Kasparian and Mary Staunton

“I have done the right thing in my bequest – and I get to see the benefit too which is a bonus!”

As a young man growing up in Mount Gambier in the state’s south-east, Jeff Kasparian aspired to study at university but put his plans on hold for several years due to the cost.

Now in a position to help others, together with his wife Mary, Jeff has included a gift in his Will to support regional students relocating for their studies.

“It is really heartening to think that when I am gone, several people will benefit from the money put to scholarships.

“Including money in the Will for this purpose makes me proud and content that I will be making a difference to the opportunity for others.

“I like the fact that, apart from obvious loved ones that would benefit from my Will, I leave a specific legacy in an area that has been, and is, important to me.”

Jeff chose to start supporting a student grant now, in addition to the gift in his Will, so that he can experience the impact of his gift and see how it is helping regional students, as he was, already.

Maureen and Richard Oborn

Paying it forward

Maureen and Richard Oborn

"Don’t wait until you die, do it now."

Maureen and Richard Oborn are paying it forward. more...

Paying it forward

Maureen and Richard Oborn

"Don’t wait until you die, do it now."

Maureen and Richard Oborn are paying it forward. Having the good fortune to come from families that were able to provide them the opportunity to go to university, they want to enable this for others. This was important to them when considering what their future legacy will be.

“Our wish for our legacy is that migrants, refugees, and our own indigenous First Nations peoples have the opportunity to obtain a university degree.

“We are highly aware of the greatly increased need for better education to meet the needs of a far more complex world.”

Maureen and Richard decided to include a significant gift in their Will that will provide scholarships for UniSA students experiencing financial disadvantage or other barriers to education. Knowing the difference this will make for future generations gives them great fulfilment. They have also chosen to start their giving now so that they can see firsthand how it is helping others.

“We were promised a satisfaction from personally seeing our intentions being achieved. In our experience that satisfaction is all and more – well beyond what was promised to us.”

Your gift can transform the future

Victoria Parsons

Breaking the cycle of inequality

Victoria Parsons, recipient of the Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship

UniSA Alumna Marcia Nicholl wanted to support female students with a disability, who identify as Indigenous or come from a refugee background to undertake postgraduate study. more...

Breaking the cycle of inequality

Victoria Parsons, recipient of the Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship

UniSA Alumna Marcia Nicholl wanted to support female students with a disability, who identify as Indigenous or come from a refugee background to undertake postgraduate study.

She made this possible through a generous bequest to set up the Marcia Nicholl Research Top Up Scholarship, and there is no doubt she would be proud of recipient Victoria Parsons’ achievements.

Victoria’s goal to prevent child sexual abuse and other forms of violence and abuse, and to improve responses to victims and survivors, motivated her to undertake a PhD at UniSA.

“A PhD is more than a full-time job and having to seek paid employment in addition can put students, especially those who are disadvantaged, at risk of not completing,” says Victoria.

“As a woman with multiple disabilities, I would have struggled to complete my thesis without the financial support provided to me with the top up scholarship.”

Victoria’s hard work is already making a positive impact, through her role as project manager for a pilot program that will help GPs and primary care practitioners to better support victims and survivors of domestic, family, and sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.

 

Jacob Dalgleish

Unleashing human potential

Jacob Dalgleish, William T Southcott Scholarship

Since 1998, William Southcott’s generous bequest has provided $1.2 million to fund engineering scholarships at UniSA.

It has helped aspiring researchers such as Jacob Dalgleish more...

Beginning a journey

Jacob Dalgleish, William T Southcott Scholarship

Since 1998, William Southcott’s generous bequest has provided $1.2 million to fund engineering scholarships at UniSA.

It has helped aspiring researchers such as Jacob Dalgleish, who completed his PhD in Materials Science with UniSA’s Future Industries Institute.

Receiving the William T Southcott Scholarship enabled Jacob to look after his wellbeing and concentrate on his studies without worrying about his financial situation.

Finishing his PhD has already been a rewarding accomplishment. “The completion of a PhD is an achievement in and of itself, one that will be very hard to compete with!”

“I would like to continue my research career in industry, working in an R&D team and playing my part in creating cutting-edge technology.”

Pasindu Karunatilaka, William T Southcott Scholarship, with trustee Wendy Purcell

Shaping a sustainable future

Pasindu Karunatilaka, William T Southcott Scholarship, with trustee Wendy Purcell

International student Pasindu Karunatilaka appreciates the life-changing assistance provided by the William T Southcott Scholarship. more...

Shaping a sustainable future

Pasindu Karunatilaka, William T Southcott Scholarship, with trustee Wendy Purcell

International student Pasindu Karunatilaka appreciates the life-changing assistance provided by the William T Southcott Scholarship.

The financial support has given him the opportunity to undertake his PhD with UniSA STEM and Forest Research Mount Gambier and focus solely on his research project.

Pasindu is working alongside the forestry industry to solve issues related to forest water licensing in the south-east of South Australia.

“I want to continue working in partnership with the forestry industry to conduct ground-breaking research in forest hydrology to aid the enhancement of the industry and also ensure the sustainable management of water resources.”

 

Frequently asked questions

Absolutely! We encourage you to contact us for a confidential discussion about your gift.

We recommend that you seek independent legal advice on the drafting of your Will, especially if your estate or personal circumstances are complex.

Should you choose to create your own Will using an online service, the University has partnered with Safewill to offer a special discount to our alumni and supporter community.

You should note however that Safewill is not associated with the University and the University does not make any representation or warranty in relation to Safewill’s services. You should make your own enquiries as to whether the service offered by Safewill will be appropriate for your needs.

You will need the following information to include a gift to the University:

- the amount, percentage of your estate, or property you want to give to the University
- whether the gift is for a general or specific purpose
- if it is for a specific purpose, the details of that purpose
- the legal name of the University (ie University of South Australia)
- the University’s ABN (ie 37 191 313 308)

You can choose to include a gift for a specific purpose to make a lasting impact in an area that matters to you. For example, your gift could be for:

- student scholarships
- a specific area of research
- facilities or infrastructure eg a gallery or library

Where your gift is for a specific purpose, the University makes every effort to fulfil your wishes. If the intended purpose is no longer possible, a provision in your Will permitting the University to apply the gift to an alternative purpose with similar outcomes can be useful.

Alternatively, you could choose to make a gift for a general or unrestricted purpose. This allows the University to direct your gift to an area most at need at the time that it is received.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your gift.

General purpose
“I give to the University of South Australia (or its legal successor) (the sum of $......., or .......% of my estate) to be used in such manner as the University determines or approves and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the University shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee, who shall not be bound to see the application of the gift.”

Specific purpose
“I give to the University of South Australia (or its legal successor) (the sum of $....... or .......% of my estate) and I express the wish, without creating a trust, that this gift be used for (state your preferred use for the gift), and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the University shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee, who shall not be bound to see the application of the gift.”

You do not need to change your Will. The legislation to create Adelaide University explicitly provides that testamentary trusts, gifts or deeds made to UniSA will transfer to the new Adelaide University.

You should change your Will to specifically note that the gift is to UniSA or its legal successor. The legislation to create Adelaide University does not currently explicitly provide that testamentary trusts, gifts or deeds made to UniSA’s antecedent institutions (eg SAIT or SACAE) will transfer to the new Adelaide University.

The University cannot provide legal advice. We recommend that you seek independent legal advice.

Our team appreciates it is a privilege to look after legacy gifts. Please contact us so we can thank you and talk to you about your intentions for your gift.

One way we recognise the generosity of people like you who choose to include a gift in your Will to UniSA is through our Chancellor’s Club. Should you choose to join, you will be invited to special events such as behind-the-scenes tours and celebrations with likeminded supporters.