In our December 2012 edition of Wills Watch, we monitored the progress of amendments to the various Wills Acts across Australian jurisdictions to give effect to the UNIDROIT Convention providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will 1973.

Subsequently, on 31 October 2012 Wills (International Wills) Amendment Bill 2012 was assented to in South Australia and the Wills Act 1936 was so amended. In addition, the Wills Amendment (International Wills) Act 2012 was assented to by the Western Australian parliament on 29 November 2012.

 It now remains for Queensland to amend its Wills Act after which time it is to be expected the Commonwealth will ratify the Convention thereby enabling a uniform regime across Australia to recognise international Wills provided for in the Convention.