- A medical practitioner must certify a death by completing the medical certificate of cause of death.
- An unexpected death must be reported to police and is dealt with by the coroner.
- Grief support services can help with the loss of a loved one.
- A medical practitioner completes the medical certificate of cause of death. They should know the deceased’s medical history, and be able to certify the cause and manner of death.
- The deceased is transported to a mortuary, usually at a funeral home.
- Interment or cremation of the deceased is arranged with a . Documentation requirements must be met, and relevant fees paid.
- A funeral service may be organised.
- The deceased is placed in a coffin, container or receptacle that meets statutory requirements. For more information about the requirements for transporting bodily remains into a public cemetery see the .
- The deceased is transported into the public cemetery as arranged with the cemetery trust.
- The deceased is interred or cremated. A funeral service may be held at that time.
- The death is registered with
Note: If a death is unexpected it must be reported to police.
What does a funeral director do?
Funeral directors carry out services for the care and preparation of bodily remains for interment or cremation.They may also arrange and conduct funeral services.
Can I complete the steps outlined above without engaging the services of a funeral director?
Yes, the steps outlined above can be completed without the help of a funeral director. You may wish to consider the following options:
- Transportation may be organised via a private patient transport provider.
- Many hospitals have mortuaries on-site and may be able to store bodily remains.
- There are several companies that sell coffins direct to the public. It is recommended that you confirm a coffin meets the requirements under the before purchase.
- Cemetery trusts can explain documentation requirements and relevant fees.
- Some public cemeteries have function spaces that can be booked for funeral services. Alternatively, a funeral service may be held at a separate venue.
- Individuals can register a death by contacting
Important information for individuals arranging an interment of bodily remains without the help of a funeral director
An individual arranging the interment of bodily remains without the help of a funeral director takes on the responsibility for meeting all legislative requirements associated with conducting an interment, including health and safety. .
Reviewed 27 September 2022