"Next of kin" refers to your closest living blood relative. It is an important legal position, as there are circumstances under your Will where your next of kin is required to act, or may benefit from your estate due to other beneficiaries predeceasing you.
Here you'll find some information on who may be your next of kin, and the circumstances under which they may play a role in your Will.
Your spouse or domestic partner, if you have one, is generally going to be your next of kin. Failing that, your next of kin is likely to be (in descending order):
All Australian states then have a limit on who they will look to in completing a search for next of kin. This usually involves:
Again, this can vary state to state though, so it is important that you understand your personal position in the state in which you reside.
As always, if you have a question we are happy to help. If you are confused and need bespoke legal advice, we recommend seeing a qualified legal practitioner.