Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Regulation 2017
The draft Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Regulation 2017 was on public exhibition together with the Better Regulation Statement for a period of 28 days between 24 November 2017 and 22 December 2017.
Formal submissions were received from a wide range of stakeholders from industry and community peak bodies (including funeral directors, cemetery and crematoria associations, local government, the Aboriginal community, members of family history associations and the wider public).
The most frequent matters raised in comments were:
- reinforcing the importance of respect for cultural and religious affiliation and requiring appropriate record keeping of the deceased’ faith in cemetery registers
- consultation with appropriate religious and cultural authorities by cemetery operators in relation to interments and consecrated grounds in a cemetery
- increased time periods for notification
- protection of heritage items and memorials
- appropriate digital records to be available
- ensuring that the public are aware that renewable interment rights are purely optional and not mandatory
- the importance of public education, explanation of interment rights and notification processes, and appropriate guidelines being available.
The comments received have been used to further refine the Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Regulation which will commence with ‘Part 4 interment rights’ of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013 during 2018.