About us

Australian Executor Trustees (AET) is one of Australia’s largest and most experienced non-government providers of professional trustee services. In 2022, Australian Executor Trustees joined Equity Trustees.

Today, we offer specialist estate and trustee services through a range of services. We partner with professional advisers such as financial advisers, accountants and lawyers to give their clients access to specialist trustee services that can be tailored to meet the clients’ circumstances.

Our history

In 1878, a young woman from Bendigo was orphaned and left a large sum of money, which was managed by two unscrupulous businessmen. These men lined their pockets, leaving hers empty, and she was left to wander the streets, destitute. Her story, when published, shocked the colony and prompted a group of South Australian business people to set up a company to ensure this sort of thing never happened again.

That company is us – known today as Australian Executor Trustees, as part of Equity Trustees.

Australian Executor Trustees has a long and proud history, since being established in 1880. Essentially, it is the amalgamation of four trustee companies: Executor Trustee and Agency Company of South Australia Limited, Elders Trustee and Executor Company Limited, Bagot’s Executor and Trustee Company Limited, and Farmers Trustee Company Limited. While each of these companies has their own history, our 130 years can be attributed to the Executor Trustee and Agency Company of South Australia Limited.


We believe that our relationships with people are the most important part of our business. We value our employees, partners and our clients. Our job roles are diverse and support our estate planning, self-managed super funds, compensation trust and philanthropic businesses.