The Funeral Contract

A key part of the funeral arrangement interview is completing and signing a contract of service and costing between you and the funeral director. This form acts as an agreement between you and the funeral director, and provides the funeral director with authority to prepare and provide the funeral service in accordance with your requests. It also specifies costs and terms of payment.

Death Registration Application

One of the first requirements of the person in charge of the funeral arrangements is to register the death. This process, although not the same, is similar to the registration of a birth or marriage. The funeral director will complete the registration and request a certified death certificate, but you as a family will have to provide the information. An outline of the information required can be found at the back of this book.

The registration of death has a twofold purpose:

• To provide to the government statistical information for administrative and genealogical purposes; and
• To provide to the family and the estate an instrument which acts as legal proof of death.

*Please go to the Helpful Documents section of our website to see the family history information required.

Authority to Release a Deceased Person

As a protection to you and your family, governments in all States have a form of authority for the release of deceased persons from public hospitals.  This means that without the prior written consent of the person requesting the funeral, a funeral director cannot transfer the person that has died into their care.  You will need

* Please go to the Helpful Documents section of our website to see the family history information required.

When Burial is intended 

Application for Purchase of a Grave and Burial or Reopening of a Grave

The person requesting the funeral signs an application for the desired cemetery to allocate a grave site or the reopening of a previously occupied grave where allowance has been made for a second or third burial. The cemetery authority uses information in this application to establish ownership and authority for the grave site and its possible future use.

When Cremation is intended

When a cremation service is requested, the person requesting the funeral must complete two forms in place of the one for burial.

Authorisation for Dealing with Ashes

This form is a simple form of authority for the crematorium involved advising them of your instructions regarding the cremated remains at the conclusion of the cremation.

Request for Permission to Cremate (Form 1)

This form requests a doctor (usually the government medical officer) for permission and a certificate to cremate. This medical practitioner acts as a referee, ensuring that every detail of the cause of death and intended cremation is correct and lawful, and of your lawful authority as the next of kin or similarly qualified person to arrange the cremation.