Skip to Content
Department of Premier and Cabinet

Cemetery, Crematorium and Prescribed/Regulated Business Management

The Burial and Cremation Act 2019 (the Act) was proclaimed on 25 December 2019.

The Act and the Burial and Cremations Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) set out the legal framework for the management of cemeteries, crematoriums and regulated businesses (i.e. businesses that handle human remains).

This legislation regulates:

  • how cemeteries and crematoriums are established and managed;
  • the sale, transfer and closure of cemeteries;
  • how human remains are handled, stored, or transported; and
  • public health and public safety standards for the funeral industry.

You can view and download the Burial and Cremation Act 2019 and the supporting Burial and Cremation Regulations 2015.

Cemeteries Regulator

The Regulator role is held by the Director of Local Government, who administers the Act and is responsible for:

  • receiving and assessing applications relating to the sale, transfer and closure of cemeteries;
  • compliance monitoring and enforcement of the Act; and
  • maintaining a register of all cemeteries, crematoriums and prescribed businesses.

Information on cemetery management and managing a crematorium or prescribed/regulated business is available below:

More information

For more information about cemetery management, crematoriums or regulated businesses, contact the Local Government Division

  • phone 03 6232 7022