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The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Equity Trustees, have together founded the Australian Volunteer Support Trust to assist the families of any registered volunteer in Australia who tragically loses their life through their volunteer work.

This will be a trust established in perpetuity, with the aim of raising the initial sum of $25 million and will be overseen by an advisory panel chaired by the Hon Jeff Kennett AC and supported by Jennifer Westacott AO, David Gonski AC, Dame Quentin Bryce, Lisa Paul AO and representatives from Australian emergency service volunteering.

“Equity Trustees is pleased to be part of this initiative with governments of Australia and the Business Council of Australia,” said Chairman the Hon Jeff Kennett AC.

“Volunteers have been the unsung heroes of Australian life and will continue to be so in the future"

To make a donation

If you hold DGR Item 2 (that is a Public Ancillary Fund or a Private Ancillary Fund) and are interested in pledging your support, please contact us at

Businesses and individuals can make a financial contribution to the trusts by depositing funds to Equity Trustees’ account details below. 

BSB: 083 092

Account Number: 570 808 888

Please nominate which Trust in the reference field you are contributing to as follows:

  • AVST for the Australian Volunteer Support Trust
  • CRT for the Community Rebuilding Trust

For inquiries about receipts and tax deductibility please email

Businesses wishing to register interest in receiving more information about the Community Rebuilding Trust should also contact us at

Read more about this initiative with the BCA