Gifts in Wills

St John Ambulance Australia is a self-funding charitable organisation active in all States and Territories, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.

St John provides:

  • First aid training
  • First aid kits and components
  • First aid services at community and public events and assistance during national disaster relief, through volunteers
  • A range of community care services for the aged, the infirm, the immobile and the lonely
  • Ambulance services in Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • Funding and support for Ophthalmic services at the St John Jerusalem Eye Hospital, in East Timor and in Australian communities
  • A national youth development program for young people aged 8 to 18 years
  • Public access defibrillators throughout the Australian community

We have been active in Australia for over 125 years and internationally are part of a wider organisation with a long and honourable history.

How to leave a gift to the St John Ambulance ACT in your will

If you would like to make a gift in your Will directly to support the work of St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc., please contact the office directly on 02 6282 2399 or ceo@stjohnact.com.au.

If your will nominates St John Ambulance Australia as the beneficiary, as a general rule, St John Ambulance Australia will provide the bequest to the St John Ambulance Australia entity which you have a connection to (through, for example, any previous donations you’ve made, or news and information you’ve subscribed to.). If no connection is identified, it will be distributed to all state and territory St John Ambulance Australia entities, on a population basis.

If, however, you wish your bequest to directly fund the work of St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc., and not be distributed to its all Australian entities, we recommend you include the following in your will:

“I give devise and bequeath to St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc.:

(a) the whole of my Estate of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate

(b) ............ % of my Estate

(c) and/or the sum of $ ..... free of all duties and taxes payable at my death and I declare that the receipt of the CEO or other Proper Officer for the time being of St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. shall be sufficient discharge for my trustees. It is my wish and intention that these funds be retained and used in full by St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. and not distributed to any St John Ambulance Australia state or territory entity”

Note: choices (a), (b) and (c) should be followed by the statement, “after the payment of all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and all duties, taxes and charges payable on my Estate at my death.”

How will your gift be used?

For bequests directed or distributed or retained to St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. support St John in providing free first aid training to children in schools, rehabilitation, refugee and domestic violence shelters through our Community Education programs.  Plus you'll be supporting St John in providing first aid services in the local community at school fetes, community and charity events, in addition to, helping late night revellers get home safely via the Canberra NightCrew program in Civic on Friday and Saturday nights.

St John Ambulance Australia is the national body of the Order of St John and is a self-funding, charitable organisation active in all States and Territories, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. Providing services to a broad scope of the community, St John Ambulance Australia is the country's leading supplier of first aid products, services and training. Each year we deliver 1.2 million hours of voluntary community service, train 500,000 people and treat 100,000 people in Australia at public events annually.

Our vision for the future, whether acting alone or in partnership with others, is the provision of charitable and humanitarian services to individuals, groups and organisations.

By the Wills Act, all Wills and Codicils must be in writing, signed by the Testator, and attested by two witnesses in the presence of the Testator and of each other.

St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. recommends you seek professional advice or the assistance of a solicitor when preparing your will, and thank you for considering supporting St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. with a bequest.

Address for the purpose of a gift to St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc.

Physical address

St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc. [ABN: 1200 374 1878]

14 Thesiger Ct, Deakin ACT 2600 Australia

Postal address

St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc.

PO Box 72 DEAKIN WEST ACT 2600 Australia