Your legacy will provide hope to patients and families impacted by dust diseases.

Leaving a bequest or a gift in your Will to ADDRI is a profoundly impactful way to contribute to the fight against debilitating and often fatal diseases caused by asbestos and other harmful dust exposures.

Including ADDRI in your estate planning ensures that critical research continues, advancing our understanding of these diseases and improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options. This support can lead to life-saving breakthroughs, offering hope and improved quality of life for patients and their families. Your bequest will also help fund educational initiatives and public health campaigns, raising awareness and preventing future cases.

By remembering ADDRI in your Will, you honour our mission to eliminate asbestos and dust-related diseases while providing support and bringing hope to those affected – and you will leave a lasting legacy that will benefit countless individuals and communities for generations to come – in Australia and via our WHO CC status, around the world.

We would be privileged to know that you are considering including ADDRI in your Will, and are here to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact us via phone +61 2 9767 9800 or email info@

What is a bequest?

A bequest is a gift left to an organisation by an individual in their Will. It can take the form of cash, shares, property or other assets.

Why leave a gift in your will to ADDRI?

Your Will is one of the most important documents that you will ever prepare. It ensures that the people and organisations that you care about are provided for after your death. In preparing your Will, your first concern will obviously be for your family and those close to you. After providing for the financial security of your loved ones, you may like to consider including a bequest to the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation, which operates the Asbestos and Dust Diseases Research Institute.

The Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation was established in 2006 as a charitable not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assist and support the research efforts into asbestos and other dust-related diseases. Before his death in 2007, Bernie Banton campaigned vigorously for the rights of those who suffered, like himself, from asbestos-related disease. The establishment of ADDRI, operated by the Foundation, is his legacy. On the 21st January 2009, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd, officially opened the Bernie Banton Centre – a dedicated and purpose-built research institute.

Your gift directly enables ADDRI to advance its research into eradicating asbestos and dust-related diseases, while providing personalised and wrap-around support to people and families impacted by them.

I am preparing my Will, what wording can I use?

If you are considering including the Foundation in your Will, we have prepared the following suggested wording:

“I give and bequeath the sum of _______dollars to the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ABN 79 121 168 867) c/0 Bernie Banton Centre, Gate 3, Hospital Road, Concord NSW 2139, for its general purposes free of all succession, estate and other death duties and declare that the receipt of the Chairman or other proper officer of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation shall be sufficient to discharge to  my Executors in respect thereof.” 

The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation as a deductible gift recipient and an income tax exempt charitable entity for income and capital gains tax purposes.

Finding the right legal advisor

We recommend consulting a solicitor who has knowledge and experience in Wills and estate planning.  We work collaboratively with the following specialist dust disease law firms:

Jacqueline Hughes, Turner Freeman Lawyers 

Joanne Wade, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Jonathan Walsh, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


Our story. Our work. 

Our team of scientists, researchers and clinicians are committed to eradicating dust-related diseases , while our specialist nursing team provide personalised and wrap-around support to people and families impacted. Take a look inside our Institute and our work.

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