Interment industry

Interment refers to the placement of human remains in the earth or other structure. The term 'interment' applies to both bodily and cremated remains.

In 2015-16, there were 54,336 burials and cremations in NSW with around half in metropolitan Sydney. Over 230 cemetery and crematorium operators provide interment services across NSW:

  • Four large Crown cemetery operators provide services in Sydney, conducting around 70% of burials for metropolitan Sydney.
  • Local councils manage the majority of cemeteries in NSW, including those on Crown land, and conduct around 50% of burials in NSW but only 10% of burials in Sydney.
  • Private operators manage the majority of crematoria statewide and privately operated cemeteries in metropolitan Sydney and Hunter/Central Coast regions.
  • Community operators oversee many small, closed cemeteries, including many churchyard cemeteries in Sydney and conduct less than one per cent of metropolitan burials.

For more information about the interment industry, view our annual reports.