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Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW - News & Updates

  • Burial, cremation, memorial, bereavement and genealogy information

    We're reviewing our information sections

    In the meantime if you have a question relating to cemeteries & crematoria please use the Question and Answer section or contact the CCANSW directly.


  • Burials - Exemptions from Public Health Regulation 2012 for Community and Religious Reasons

    This Policy Directive provides the policy to be followed by Public Health Units in receipt of an application to seek permission for exemption from Clause 63 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 and to provide the conditions on which approvals would be granted for exemption.

  • Can the family dig or backfill the grave?

    When a deceased person's body is to be buried in a cemetery, may family members assist in digging and closing the grave?

  • CCA Members Alert - Christine Smyth Legal Q & A

    Christine SmythAt the October 2016 CCA Kingscliff Conference, Christine Smyth, Partner, Manager Inheritance Law Division, Robbins Watson Solicitors, presented a paper on the recent developments in funeral disputes that may affect NSW practitioners.

    Christine has followed up with a "Q&A" on interment rights, the continuing relevance of the Smith v Tamworth City Council decision, the Cemeteries & Crematoria Act and the Public Health Regulation. CCA Members can access the document in the Members Only section once they have logged in there.

    Q & A Document

  • CCANSW Members Alert - Progress on the Universal Search Engine

    I have placed a file note in the Members Only site explaining where we are at with the Universal Search Engine project. You'll need a Members' login to access the document here.

  • Genealogy

  • Highgate Cemetery reveals all 160,000 burial records for first time

    Here's a bit of dated cemetery news that might interest some of you. Details of all 160,000 burials between 1839 and 2010 at London’s most famous cemetery have now been made available online.

  • It's Only Natural

    its0nlynatural.jpg A Natural burial ground in New Zealand is providing a forest with a new lease of life.

    A natural burial project at Waikumete Cemetery in west Auckland is helping individuals make environmentally friendly choices in death, while giving a native forest a chance to thrive.  Waikumete is New Zealand's largest cemetery and one of the country's largest urban parks.  Since 1886, it has served as the main cemetery for the Auckland region.  In 1999, it became the first cemetery in New Zealand to open an eco or natural burial area.

  • National Library of Australia's Cemetery Records

    Locating the last resting places of our family and forebears can be an important aspect of our genealogical research. For many, it will eventually lead to a journey to those places and to the exact spot to to pay their respects, often to kin we may have never met but with whom we have a forever bond. Sometimes the search for these places can be easy but often it may lead just to the cemetery gates. It may all depend on the availability and access to the appropriate documentation. For this reason, this guide provides some hints and suggestions to facilitate your research into finding the last resting places of those important to you.

  • OpusXenta: Keeping Local Stories Alive at Gordon Cemetery

    Read about our latest customer story on  how St John's Church in Gordon digitalized their cemetery records and published them on line.

  • Sweden opens cemetery for aestheists!

    thumbRNS-NJ-BUSINESS033114.jpgIf the Daily Mail can be believed, Sweden has opened its first cemetery for atheists because the majority of the population do not believe in God.

    The neutral burial place is in Borlange in central Sweden and was proposed by a teacher in the country, who is originally from Kurdistan. 

  • Tamworth closed cemetery rules questioned for family

    tamworth regional council 01The "Northern Leader" reports a Tamworth (NSW)  councillor has called for council to look into allowing family members to be buried next to each other in closed cemeteries.

    The Tamworth region has 18 cemeteries, with 10 of those operational and eight now closed for burials

  • TAS: Labor wants perpetuity clause in Burials and Cremations Act

    The Examiner writes that according to the Labor Party existing Tasmanian cemeteries and gravesites must be given a guarantee they can operate forever

    St_Matthius_at_Windermere-TasmaniaLyons Labor MHA Jen Butler said on Saturday the state government must amend the Burials and Cremations Act to guarantee the ongoing use of cemeteries sold as part of the Anglican Church’s contribution to the national redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors.

  • The CCANSW Universal Search Engine Project

    emoji search glassThe CCANSW has proposed a universal burial and cremation record search engine. The concerns & apprehensions that  burial and cremation authorities and  record keepers might have about the proposal are addressed at the outset; The CCANSW understands and appreciates the efforts, investment and dedication record keepers have invested  in their systems, so it is important to state up front that it is not the CCANSW's intent to "harvest" and store data. Instead it proposes to search other sites. The result of the search would then be displayed to the user as a simple link which will direct the user to the site or domain that contains the actual data. There would be no loss of traffic to the data container's domain. In fact, traffic should increase. Essentially, the user access to the data will always be determined by the record keeper.

  • VIC: GMCT Tenure Program progress

    GMCT IMG 2480THThe image to the left is of a public notice seen recently in major Victorian newpapers. Click on the image to open it full size.

    It seems to be part of the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) Tenure Program that is an important part of the organisation’s commitment to sustainability. The purpose of the Tenure Program is to identify long-term unused graves in order to maximise available burial space and provide for the community into the future.

  • Where can I get traditional NSW burial register forms?

    I am having trouble sourcing a new Burial Register, do you sell these or do you know where or who would sell the registers?

  • Where can I search for or find burial and cremation records?

    What resources are available in Australia to search for records of deceased persons?