Our Story

As Victoria’s public trustee, State Trustees has been helping protect the interests of Victorians since 1939.

However, we have an even longer history dating back to the 1850s of involvement in administering deceased estates and managing the financial and legal affairs of people who are unable to do so due to disability, mental illness or other circumstances.

For almost 50 years, State Trustees operated as the Public Trustee for Victoria which came about after the Victorian Government brought together most of the functions previously provided by the offices of the Curator of the estates of Deceased Persons and the Master in Equity. In November 1987, the State Trust Corporation of Victoria (trading as State Trustees) was created as a statutory corporation with its management being governed by a board of directors.

On 1 July 1994, State Trustees became a State-owned company, a public company under corporations law,  and a trustee company under the Trustee Companies Act. The State of Victoria is our sole shareholder.

State Trustees provides clients with financial and legal assistance for every stage of their life – offering products and services including Will Writing, Powers of Attorney, Executor Services, Trustee Services and Personal Financial Administration for more than 9500 Victorians who, due to mental illness, injury or disability, are unable to fully manage their own affairs.