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This page contains information about legislation on succession and inheritance in Australia. Australian states and territories are responsible for making succession and inheritance law.  As the law is not uniform.

The table below sets out relevant state and territory statutes.  The links go to Australasian Legal Information Institute (Austlii).

Information on regulations, court rules and the most common Commonwealth legislation affecting succession law then follows.  Other statutes with provisions which may impact succession and inheritance matters depending upon the circumstances, are listed at the end of this article.

Where to find Australian legislation on succession online

1.  State and Territory Governments publish their legislation on official websites. For example the New South Wales Government publishes its legislation and related materials at

2.  Another source is through the Australasian Legal Information Institute (Austlii) website at  Access is free.



On Wills and Intestacy

On Administration, Probate and Intestacy


Succession Act 2006

Probate & Administration Act 1898

Succession Act 2006


Succession Act 1981 Succession Act 1981
VIC Wills Act 1997 Administration & Probate Act 1958
SA Wills Act 1936 Administration & Probate Act 1919
WA Wills Act 1970 Administration Act 1903
TAS Wills Act 2008

Administration & Probate Act 1935

Intestacy Act 2010

NT Wills Act 2000 Administration & Probate Act 1969
ACT Wills Act 1968 Administration & Probate Act 1929


Australian legislation on family provision or testator’s family maintenance

Jurisdiction Family provision or testator’s family maintenance legislation
New South Wales:  Chapter 3 of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW)
Queensland:    Succession Act 1981 (QLD)
Victoria:            Part IV of the Administration & Probate Act 1958 (VIC)
South Australia:     Inheritance (Family Provision) Act 1972 (SA)
Western Australia:   Family Provision Act 1972(WA)
Tasmania:       Testator’s Family Maintenance Act 1912 (TAS)
Northern Territory:  Family Provision Act 1970 (NT)
Australian Capital Territory: Family Provision Act 1969 (ACT)

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