Today, Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists around 48,000 widow(er)s including 1,800 children and dependants with a disability nationally.

Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or are incapacitated as a result of their military service.

Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:

  • the protection of the basic needs of individuals and families;
  • advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits;
  • assisting families through bereavement;
  • and helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

Legacy Services

Legacy’s Vision is that no dependant of those who gave their lives or their health as a result of serving their country suffers financial or social disadvantage.

Legacy protects the basic needs of individuals and families; advocates for entitlements, rights and benefits of individuals and families; assists families to cope with bereavement and helps people thrive, despite their adversity and loss. Legacy provides a range of social activities, services and support such as holiday respite, home maintenance, assistance with utility bills, advice and assistance with claiming pensions and other Government benefits, financial counselling, legal advice, advocacy and, sometimes crucially, just putting food on the table.

When it comes to supporting children, we can provide for their dental healthcare, right through to an education allowance, for every child in primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as assisting the parent or caregiver to pay for extracurricular activities such as sport, music, drama etc.

The youth support which Legacy provides is often critical, and can make a real difference in the chances a young person has of a successful career and in life in general, chances which are often diminished by the loss of a parent.

We also provide activities to bring the families together for social interaction. It is very important for widow/ers and children alike to realise they are not alone and that Legacy is always here for them.


Legacy is a charitable not-for-profit organisation which needs to raise over 95% of its own income to fund its services. Some assistance is received from the State Government, however, most of our funds are raised from general donations, bequests, events and appeals.

Bequests, in particular, are gratefully received as this enables Legacy to plan for the future. Please contact the General Manager Corporate Services at Adelaide Legacy on 08 8231 9812 or email [email protected] if you would like more information on leaving a Bequest in your will.