Interment rights – industry information

A range of resources on the new interment rights system for cemetery and crematoria operators are provided below. These include guides on interment rights, cemetery registers, heritage advisory committees, forms and templates.

Industry guides

Guide to heritage advisory committees—Issued under section 69 of the Act, has been developed and published to assist operators with the establishment and management of heritage advisory committees.

Download the Guide to heritage advisory committees

Guide to interment rights system in NSW has been developed and published to assist operators with understanding the new interment rights system as contained in part 4 of the Act.

Download the Guide to the interment rights system in NSW

Guide to a cemetery operator’s register has been developed and published to assist operators with the information compliance requirements for cemetery registers as required under part 4 of the Act and the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulation 2014.

Download the Guide to a cemetery operator’s register

Guide to records: certificates and forms has been developed and published to provide basic templates as required under part 4 of the Act. Further information is provided in the guide.

Download the Guide to records: certificates and forms

Guide for applications from cemetery operators for an exemption to allow granting multiple interment rights to an applicant. Section 56(4) of the Act prohibits a cemetery operator from granting interment rights in a cemetery if such a grant results in a person holding more than two interment sites in that cemetery. This restriction can removed if approved by CCNSW. The guide provides information requirements which cemetery operators must provide when making an application.

Download the Guide for applications from cemetery operators for an exemption to allow granting multiple interment rights to an applicant

Download the templates

The templates from the Guide to records: certificates and forms are provided in Word format.

Guide to terms and reference used the interment sector has been developed and published as a resource for the use of operators and the general public.

Download the Guide to terms and references used in the interment sector.

Information regarding religious or cultural practices

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulation 2014 requires that before human remains can be disturbed, cemetery operators must make all reasonable efforts to ascertain any cultural or religious practices which apply to those remains.

To assist in identifying relevant cultural or spiritual leaders who can be consulted, additional information is provided below and will be progressively updated over time.

The organisations are listed in alphabetical order:

Organisations Contact details
Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney

Gateway to search for one of the registered churches database

Australian Federation of Islamic Council

Email: admin@afic.com.au

Telephone: 02 9931 96733

Australian National Imams Council

Email: info@anic.org.au

Telephone: 1300 765 964

Australia and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian  Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Email: anzdiocese@iinet.net.au

Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT

Email: hello@nswactbaptists.org.au

Telephone: 02 9868 9201

Buddhist Council of New South Wales

Email: office@buddhistcouncil.org

Telephone: 02 9966 9638

Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT

Email: office@freshhope.org.au

Telephone: 02 8719 2600

Congregational Federation of Australian and New Zealand (no website)

Email: keithlyons@westnet.com.au

Maronite Diocese of Saint Maroon Email: info@hillsmaronite.com.au
NSW Ecumenical Council

Email: nswec@ncca.org.au

Telephone: 02 8259 0819

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

Email: mail@nswjbd.com

Telephone: 02 9360 1600

Sabian Mandaean Association of Australia (no website)

Email: President@mandaean.org.au

Telephone: 02 9602 3114

Sydney Beth Din

Email: secretary@bethdin.org.au

Sydney Chevra Kadisha

Email: info@chevrakadishasydney.com


Disclaimer: the information presented on this webpage has been provided by the organisations listed and is to assist with enquiries on religious and cultural practices for interment.

The State of New South Wales (including the Department of Industry) and the publisher take no responsibility and will accept no liability, for the accuracy, reliability or correctness of any information included on this webpage.