Below you will find links to a variety of useful information websites, including government legislation and assistance, free legal aid services, grief support groups, various aligned organisations and charities etc, both nationally and within your State or Territory.

This page will be regularly updated to provide useful links to enhance your research and choices.

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Resources from the Office of Advance Care Planning have been updated. Click on the links below to see more:

End of Life / Palliative Care Web Sites

Pre-Paid Funerals, Funeral Bonds & Funeral Insurance

Legislation in relation to Pre-Paid Funerals

Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Northern Territory have no specific Acts or Regulations regarding Pre-paid Funerals.

Preparing a Will

Powers of Attorney

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/wills-and-power-of-attorney#attorney

Public Trustee Web Sites

Estate Planning

Offices of Fair Trading

Legal Aid Web Sites

Grief Counselling – Support Groups

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

Referral information on accredited loss and grief practitioners, seminars and support groups
Tel (03) 9351 0358
http://www.nalag.org.au or National Association for Loss and Grief

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

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

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

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

Aged Care Web Sites

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.

Burial & Cremations Act

Births, Deaths & Marriages Acts

Coroners’ Acts

Coroner’s Offices

Wills and Probate Acts

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 Cremations Regulations 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 2014 QLD Cremations Regulations 2014 Not covered
TAS Burial and Cremation (Handling of Human Remains) http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/tas/consol_reg/bacr2015292/ Part25 Coffin construction
Regulations 2015
Burial & Cremation Act 2002 Burial & Cremation Act 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 Health Regulation 2012 http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/dotd/Documents/disposal-of-bodies-ph-reg-2012.pdf Part 8 –Regulation 63
VIC Victorian Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulations 2015 Cemeteries and Crematoria Part 5 –Regulations 16 & 17
SA Burial & Cremation Act 2013 http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/C/A/BURIAL%20AND%20CREMATION%20ACT%202013.aspx Not covered
Burial & Cremation Regulations 2014 http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_reg/bacr2014292/s9.html Part 2 – Regulations14, 20 & 21
NT CEMETERIES ACT Northern Territory Cemeteries Act – 1952 Not covered
CEMETERIES REGULATIONS Cemeteries Regulations 1967 Regulation 21
ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria (Code ofPractice) Approval 2007 ACT Cemeteries Code of Practice Sections 14 and 15.
CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA REGULATION 2003 ACT Cemeteries & Crematoria ACT Part 2 – Regulation 7