Useful Organisations

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End of Life / Palliative Care Web Sites

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

Department of Health – Palliative Care

Department of Health – Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care

Social Services – My Aged Care – Home Care & Respite Providers

Social Services – My Aged Care – Resident’s Agreement

Social Services – Guardianship & Administrators

Social Services – Extra assistance for accessing information when calling the My Aged Care website

Social Services – Translated information in other Languages

National Relay Service – Assistance for people who are deaf, hearing or speech impaired to make a phone call

Immigration & Border Protection – Interpreting Services

Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care – Charter of Rights

Social Services – My Aged Care Line – 1800 200 422

Social Services – Respite and Carelink Centre – 1800 052 222

OTHER USEFUL ORGANISATIONS

Palliative Care Australia – A peak national body for Palliative Care

CareSearch – Palliative care knowledge network

Your Life Talks – Conversation Starter Cards

DyingMatters – Raising awareness of dying, death & bereavement

Centre for Palliative Care – Enhancing care through excellence in education & research

NSW Southern Highlands Cancer Connect

CANCER COUNCIL

Cancer Council NSW

Cancer Council VIC

Cancer Council QLD

Cancer Council ACT

Cancer Council TAS

Cancer Council SA

Cancer Council WA

Cancer Council NT

MESOTHELIOMA SUPPORT

Mesothelioma Guide

Mesothelioma Fund

Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

Mesothelioma Veterans Center

Mesothelioma.net

Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

Mesothelioma Lawyer Center

Specific Funeral Industry Legislation

Very few Australian States and Territories have enacted a single ‘Funerals Act’ covering all aspects of arranging and conducting a funeral (except Victoria).  However, most jurisdictions have enacted legislation to do with pre-paid funerals and the treatment of funeral funds.

VIC: FUNERALS ACT 2006

TAS: PREPAID FUNERALS ACT 2004

QLD: FUNERAL BENEFIT BUSINESS ACT 1982

QLD: FUNERAL BENEFIT BUSINESS REGULATION 2010

NSW: FUNERAL FUNDS ACT 1979

NSW: FUNERAL FUNDS REGULATION 2011

SA: FAIR TRADING (PRE-PAID FUNERALS INDUSTRY CODE) REGULATIONS 2011

WA: WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT – METROPOLITAN CEMETERIES BOARD

NT:  NORTHERN TERRITIORY GOVERNMENT – HEALTH DEPARTMENT

ACT: N/A

 

Pre-Paid Funerals, Funeral Bonds & Funeral Insurance

Burial & Cremations Act

Queensland

New South Wales

Victoria

South Australia

Western Australia

Tasmania

Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

 

Births, Deaths & Marriages Acts

Western Australia

South Australia

Victoria

Tasmania

New South Wales

Queensland

Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

 

Coroners’ Acts

Western Australia

South Australia

Practical Issues for next of kin- PDF 

Victoria

Tasmania

New South Wales

Queensland

Northern Territory

NT Department of Health – Deaths 

Australian Capital Territory

Coroner’s Offices

 

Wills and Probate Acts

Western Australia:

 

South Australia:

 

Victoria:

 

Tasmania:

 

New South Wales:

 

Queensland:

 

Northern Territory:

 

Australian Capital Territory:

 

Disposal of a Body – Legal Procedures

 

 Australian Coffins & Caskets Legislation

The table below outlines the relevant State and Territory legislations and regulations for the use of coffins and caskets in Australia.

State Relevant Acts / Regulations Links Comments
WA Cremations Act 1929 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/wa/consol_act/ca1929110/ Not covered
WA CremationsRegulations 1954 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/wa/consol_reg/cr1954219/ Not covered
QLD Cremations Act 2003 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/qld/consol_act/ca2003128/ Not covered
Regulations 2003 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/qld/consol_reg/cr2003219/ Not covered
 TAS Burial and Cremation(Handling of HumanRemains) Regulations2005 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/tas/consol_reg/bacohrr2005496/ Part25.Coffin construction
Burial & CremationAct 2002 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/tas/consol_act/baca2002183/ Not covered
NSW Public Health(Disposal of Bodies)Regulation 2002 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/repealed_reg/phobr2002371/ Part 3 –Regulation 19
Public Health (Disposal of Bodies)Amendment (Cremation) Regulation 2011 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/num_reg/pha1991phobar20112011568l4n2011785.pdf Schedule1; Clause 2
Public HealthRegulation 2012 http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/dotd/Documents/disposal-of-bodies-ph-reg-2012.pdf Part 8 –Regulation 63
VIC Victorian Cemeteriesand CrematoriaRegulations 2005 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_reg/cacr2005331/ Part 5 –Regulations 16 & 17
SA Burial & CremationAct 2013 http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/C/A/BURIAL%20AND%20CREMATION%20ACT%202013.aspx Not covered
Burial & CremationRegulations 2014 http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/lz/c/r/burial%20and%20cremation%20regulations%202014/current/2014.5.un.pdf Part 2 – Regulations14, 20 & 21
NT CEMETERIES ACT http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nt/consol_act/ca113/ Not covered
CEMETERIESREGULATIONS http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nt/consol_reg/cr222/ Regulation 21
ACT Cemeteries andCrematoria (Code ofPractice)Approval 2007 http://www.canberracemeteries.com.au/docs/default-source/legal/code-of-practice.pdf?sfvrsn=2 Sections 14 and 15.
CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA REGULATION 2003 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_reg/cacr2003313/ Part 2 – Regulation 7

 

Preparing a Will

 

Powers of Attorney

 

WA: http://www.publicadvocate.wa.gov.au/E/enduring_power_of_guardianship.aspx

QLD: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/justice-services/guardianship/power-of-attorney

 

VIC: http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/powers-of-attorney/

 

SA: Advance Care Directives

 

NSW: http://www.planningaheadtools.com.au/make-a-power-of-attorney/for-individuals-families-and-carers/

TAS: http://publictrustee.tas.gov.au/power-of-attorney/

ACT: http://www.publicadvocate.act.gov.au/enduring_power_of_attorney

 

NT: http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/bdm/land_title_office/power.shtml

 

Public Trustee Web Sites

 

Estate Planning

 

Offices of Fair Trading

 

Legal Aid Web Sites

 

Grief Counselling – Support Groups

Centre for Grief Education
McCulloch House, Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road Clayton 3168
Tel (03) 9545 6377 or 1800 642 066
(This website has an extensive list of support groups)

www.grief.org.au or http://www.grief.org.au/resources/internet_links

 

NALAG- National Association for Loss and Grief

Referral information on accredited loss and grief practitioners, seminars and support groups
Tel (03) 9351 0358
http://www.nalag.org.au or http://www.nalag.org.au/Links.htm

 

The Compassionate Friends
Bereaved Parent Support and Information Centre
Tel (03) 9888 4944 or 1800 641 091
267 Canterbury Road Canterbury 3126
www.compassionatefriendsvictoria.org.au or http://www.compassionatefriendsvictoria.org.au/find-support/related-organisations/tcf-interstate

 

Solace Association Inc.
Grief Support for those grieving over the death of their partner
Tel (03) 9384 1722
http://www.solace.org.au

 

SANDS
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support
Suite 208, 901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill 3128
Tel (03) 9899 0218
http://www.sands.org.au/?gclid=CKPnvNCirMQCFY8kvQodkHAA6Q

 

SIDS and Kids
Professional counselling and support for families following the sudden, unexpected death of any child 6 years and under due to any cause
1227 Malvern Rd Malvern 3144
Tel (03) 9822 9611or 1300 308 307 24 hour crisis line
http://www.sidsandkids.org


Seniors Organisations Web Sites

Retirement Villages Resident Associations

  • The Retirement Village Residents Association NSW & ACT (RVRA) www.rvra.org.au
  • Association of Residents of QLD Retirement Villages (ARQRV) www.villagers.org.au
  • South Australian Retirement Village Residents Association SARVRA www.sarvra.com
  • Residents of Retirement Villages Victoria (RRVV) www.rrvv.org.au
  • Western Australia Retirement Complexes Residents’ Association (WARVRA)
    www.warvra.org

 

Aged Care Web Sites

Australian Government:

 

Other useful Commonwealth Health links: