- The department issues repatriation certificates to certify that there is no objection to the removal of remains from Victoria.
- Repatriation certificates are usually required by foreign embassies as part of their own procedures to approve the repatriation of remains.
The department issues repatriation certificates to certify that there is no objection to the removal of the remains in question from the state of Victoria and that there is no indication that the direct cause of death was due to an infectious disease.
Issuing repatriation certificates is not a statutory requirement under Victorian law, but they are usually required by foreign embassies as part of their own procedures to approve the repatriation of remains.
- A letter addressed to the manager of Cemetery Sector Governance Support requesting a repatriation letter be issued.
- The death certificate issued by the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM). If the death certificate issued by BDM does not display the cause of death, the Medical Certificate Cause of Death (or equivalent document from a non-Victorian jurisdiction) prepared by a registered medical practitioner must also be provided.
- A medical certificate stating that the direct cause of death was not an infectious disease or an Order for Release of Body issued by the Coroners Court of Victoria which states that there is no indication of infectious diseases for the purpose of overseas repatriation.
Documentation should be provided to the department at least 48 hours in advance if possible. If all documentation requirements are met, a repatriation certificate will be emailed to the requester.
Repatriation of remains into Australia
Reviewed 17 October 2023