- If you are concerned about a decision made by a cemetery trust, you should contact the trust to discuss the matter.
- The department does not have a formal complaints resolution role and does not have the power to direct a cemetery trust on operational matters.
- Consumer Affairs Victoria is the responsible agency to refer complaints about funeral directors.
Making a complaint about a cemetery trust
Cemetery trusts are independent statutory bodies responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of public cemeteries. If you have a concern about a cemetery, you should contact the responsible trust. Contact details for all Victorian cemetery trusts can be accessed using the department’s .
If a cemetery trust receives a complaint, it is the trust’s responsibility to investigate the complaint and, where appropriate, resolve it. Trusts should manage complaints promptly, efficiently, fairly, and respectfully.
A cemetery trust may not disregard a complaint or consider it unnecessary to respond to. Once the trust has reviewed the complaint it should provide a written reply to the complainant.
Complaints relating to a family dispute or a dispute between right of interment holders are matters for the parties to resolve. It is not the responsibility of the cemetery trust to mediate or intervene.
The can investigate complaints about Victorian public organisations including cemetery trusts. If a person is dissatisfied with a trust’s response, they can make a complaint to the Victorian Ombudsman via the .
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- refusal to grant an approval to establish or alter a memorial or a place of interment in a cemetery
- grant of an approval to establish or alter a memorial or a place of interment in the cemetery with terms and conditions.
Significant governance failures and fraud
The department may investigate significant matters relating to cemetery trust governance and financial affairs such as:
- fraud (for example, misappropriation of trust funds)
- significant governance failures
- poor record-keeping practices
- conflicts of interest.
If a person suspects fraud, they should notify the chairperson of the cemetery trust. The chairperson must act on the concern and decide whether to investigate it further internally or report it to the police and the department.
Complaints about funeral directors
Complaints management advice for cemetery trusts
Refer to Topic 24 in the Manual for Victorian Class B Cemetery Trusts for advice about complaints management.
Reviewed 31 October 2023