Include a gift in your Will

Cancer Council Western Australia is the leading cancer charity in the state, connecting the community in the hope of a future without cancer.

Currently in WA, 87,000 people are affected by cancer. Unfortunately, by the end of this year, another 11,500 will be diagnosed.

Through the provision of our extensive range of support services,we are able to support people affected by cancer and their families at a time in their life when they need us the most.

The great news is that through research, outcomes for cancer patients are improving, and with your help we can do even more to help people affected by cancer.

While family and friends should rightly come first, the addition of a gift in your Will to a cause you believe in means your gift reaches far into the future.

If you are passionate about making a difference against cancer, please consider including a gift in your Will to Cancer Council Western Australia.


How to include a gift in your Will and suggested clauses

Gifts in Wills are one of the largest single sources of funding for Cancer Council WA.

Your gift will enable us to continue to fund cancer research and prevention programs, as well as provide the extensive range of support services we offer to the community across all areas of cancer. We advise you to seek legal advice when including a gift in your Will and have some suggested clauses to assist you.

Whether your gift is for general use, cancer research, prevention programs or our supportive care services, all gifts no matter the size come together to make a real difference. A good example of this is the improved outcomes for cancer patients and that survival rates for most cancers are improving.

When Joan became unwell she was determined something positive would come from her cancer diagnosis. She included a bequest in her Will for research into women’s cancers. The beneficiary of this gift was Associate Professor Vincent Wallace who is working to improve breast cancer surgery with a tool that helps the surgeon remove all of the tumor in one go. Joan’s gift has the potential to help thousands of surgery patients in Australia and throughout the world; her gift has and will continue to make a real difference.

You can read more about the ways gifts in Wills have made a real difference at our Your Stories page.

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When should you write or review your Will?

It is important you review your Will every three to five years to ensure it still reflects your wishes. It is also recommended that you review your Will at these important milestones: 

  • When you accrue your first major asset such as a house
  • When you marry - as marriage automatically cancels all previous Wills
  • On the birth of children - you can nominate guardians and make arrangements for their maintenance and education
  • Once children are grown
  • When you become a grandparent
  • When you retire
  • If you separate or divorce
  • At the loss of a loved one
  • Before you go on holiday

If your circumstances have changed and you would like to revise your Will with minor changes, speak to your solicitor about including a codicil (amendment) with your existing Will.

In accordance with Section 7 of the Wills Act 1970, a person must be over 18 years of age in order for a Will to be valid.

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How to include a gift in your Will and suggested clauses

It is important to think about how best to include a gift in your Will. We have devised some suggested clauses around charitable gifts.

For further information, download our simple guide to including a gift in your Will (PDF, 3.3MB) or Cancer Council Western Australia's commitment to you (PDF, 1.1MB). If you would prefer to receive either of these documents in the mail, please contact our Donor Relations and Estates team on (08) 9212 4391 or email


Melba and John Hilton

John and Melba Hilton

As an experienced company managing director, John Hilton knew the only way to profit was to plan effectively.

Now retired, John and his wife Melba have extended that same forethought to planning how to make their money work for others.

John and Melba have included a gift to Cancer Council WA in their Wills.  

"We thought the only thing that's going to change anything is research - and good research costs money," says John.

"It's nice to know our planning now will benefit others in the future."


Information for solicitors and Executors

It is necessary to use our correct legal name and ABN when assisting a person in writing a charitable gift into their Will.

If you are seeking information on how to act as an Executor, we suggest you seek legal advice. You may also like to consult Legal Aid Western Australia's description of the duties of Executors.

Cancer Council WA is a Public Benevolent Institution and has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

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Our way of saying thank you

We acknowledge writing a Will, and including a gift to Cancer Council WA, is an important decision. It also takes time and consideration and we would like to say thank you.

If you have included a gift in your Will to us, you are eligible to join the Clive Deverall Society - this is our way of saying thank you for your generosity and foresight. Simply let us know, we understand that this is a very personal and confidential decision and do you do not need to provide detail, a simple 'yes, I have included a gift to Cancer Council WA' will deem your eligibility.

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Frequently asked questions

We have compiled a list of answers to questions we are often asked.


Contact us

For more information about including a gift in your Will to Cancer Council WA, contact our Donor Relations and Estates team on (08) 9212 4391 or email

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