Embalming of the person who has died in Australia is more a specific requirement due to circumstances, rather than a part of the usual process. The following circumstances govern the necessity for the embalming and preservation of the deceased.

• Air travel within Australia and overseas (this is a requirement by law);
• Where a significant amount of time will elapse before the funeral can take place;
• Where the entombment above ground in a mausoleum or vault is intended; and
• Where a family elects, because of cultural or religious beliefs, to have their loved one at home for a period of more than one day.