The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Resulting Trusts

Date of effect

This topic has effect to resulting trusts from 1 January 2002.


This topic contains information on the following:

  • resulting trusts, and
  • assessment of resulting trusts.

Resulting trusts

Resulting trusts are a type of non-express trust. The most common situation in which a resulting trust arises is where the purchaser of a property does not also receive the legal title to the property (e.g. the property is not put into the purchaser's name). In such cases the holder of the legal title will be presumed to be holding the property on trust for the purchaser.

Assessment of resulting trusts

Generally the private trust and companies rules are to be applied to resulting trusts. This is irrespective of when the resulting trust was created.

Explanation: A resulting trust arises where an individual can establish that in spite of being the legal owner of an asset, that they only hold this asset on behalf of someone else.

Policy reference: SS Guide Background to Non-Express (Implied) Trusts

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