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Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW - News & Updates

  • OLG: 20-16 COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package

    The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released three new resources that will assist councils to apply for the Council Job Retention Allowance Subsidy, a key element of the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package.

  • Arrow Bronze: COVID-19 Update

    Arrow Bronze have provided and update for members and customers.

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    Due to the latest COVID outbreak, Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59pm tonight. These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June.

  • AU: Coronavirus data shows risk factors are high in regional and coastal areas, lower in cities

    A report on the ABC News website suggests as coronavirus spreads across Australia, it won't affect each place evenly — some populations are more vulnerable than others. In particular, non-metropolitan areas along the east coast would be among the most at risk.

  • Australia agrees on Public Health Order to help combat Pandemic

    The Public Health Order approved by the National Cabinet (AU) is now in effect.

  • Australia Post launches free Pharmacy Home Delivery service

    Following the Australian Government announcement to allocate $25 million to fund home medicine services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia Post has announced the launch of its Pharmacy Home Delivery Service.

    From Monday, pharmacies around the country can offer free delivery on prescriptions to their customers and take advantage of the recently announced increased Australian Government rebate and Australia Post’s unrivalled national network.

  • Australia: Coronavirus cremations would be 'horrific' for Muslims, but burial rituals are changing

    ABCNews in Australia says  for Muslims, cremation is not only prohibited, it's viewed as a desecration of the deceased.

  • Australia's COVID-19 Death Toll could hit 50,000

    A number of news sources are reporting the Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, when speaking to the media yesterday, indicated Australia’s death toll from the coronavirus could hit 50,000 with millions infected, based on the Morrison government’s more conservative predictions.

    According to the New Daily,

    Professor Paul Kelly Professor Paul KellyIt’s the figure that the Prime Minister has consistently declined to provide, despite predictions in New South Wales that more than 1.5 million people could catch the virus.

    Scott Morrison has repeatedly declined to publicly reveal the government modelling for weeks – despite releasing graphs on Sunday that predict the daily demand on GPs and hospitals for coronavirus testing and treatment could hit 300,000 patients a day

    .But the deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly came close to nominating the potential death toll on Monday when he conceded anywhere between 20 and 60 per cent of the nation’s citizens could contract the disease.

    “It’s something in the range. I’m not going to speculate on the actual numbers,” Professor Kelly is reported to havesaid.

    “The death rate is around one per cent. You can do the maths.”

    Based on the more conservative prediction of one in five Australians contracting the virus, that would result in five million people being infected and around 50,000 deaths based on a 1 per cent death rate.

    However, if 60 per cent of the population was infected – an unlikely prospect according to NSW Health – the death toll could rise to 150,000 people and 15 million patients overwhelming GPs and hospitals.



  • Australian Public servants to be redeployed against COVID-19

    Government News reports Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered all heads of government agencies to identify employees whose duties aren’t currently related to the coronavirus response so they can be moved to areas where they are.

  • CCANSW | Vaccination Policy


    Version Control


    Reason for change








    28 Feb. 2022

    Proposed policy

    1 March 2022

    17 Feb. 2022

    Draft considered by the Board


    2 Dec. 2021

    Board decides, in principle, to require all CCANSW event or activity participants to be vaccinated.


    1. Policy Statement

    The CCANSW Board recognises the need to diminish the risk of COVID-19 infection at CCANSW meetings, functions and events (activities) and aims to do everything reasonable, lawful and practical to ensure the safety of all participants.

    Vaccination is an important and effective control. To ensure that we are exercising our duty of care to do everything reasonably possible to provide a safe working environment, the Board requires all attendees at CCANSW activities to be compliant with the then applicable vaccination requirements, detailed in the NSW Public Health Orders.

    Whether or not vaccinations are required to be fully up to date, or masks or face shields or other PPE are required to be used, will be determined in line with the then applicable Public Health Orders.

    1. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to minimise the risks to the health, safety and welfare of participants at CCANSW activities, from COVID-19.

    1. Scope

    This policy applies to all persons participating in the CCANSW activity.

    1. Definitions


      Any meeting, function or event organised by the CCANSW.


      Infection and or disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (or any variant).

      COVID-19 Vaccination

      A vaccine approved or provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australian Department of Health). Examples of COVID-19 Vaccinations include the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Spikevax (Moderna) and Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccines.

      Medical Contraindication Certificate

      A certificate issued by a medical practitioner:

      • in a form approved by the Chief Health Officer of NSW, and

      • certifying that, because of a specified medical contraindication, the participant cannot have a COVID-19 Vaccination.

      Public Health Order

      Means any order made under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) (or any succeeding or amending provisions)


      For the purpose of this policy:

      • Association members or their representatives and accompanying persons attending a CCANSW activity.

      • Contingent workers: contractors, labour hire, speakers trainees, trainers

      • Direct employees of CCANSW, including all casuals

      • Volunteers

      • Work experience students

      Vaccination Evidence

      1. evidence from the Australian Immunisation Register that the participant has up to date vaccinations against COVID-19 (at present, two (2) doses of a COVID-19 Vaccination and including booster shots as and when they are recommended by NSW Health), for example — an online immunisation history statement or COVID- 19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register.

      2. a Medical Contraindication Certificate issued to a participant.

    2. Responsibilities

      CCANSW Directors

      • Considering and endorsing requests for necessary changes in the Policy.

      • Participant safety and wellbeing at CCANSW activities

      • Supporting the Secretariats endeavours to implement the Policy.


      • Ensuring they adhere to this policy.

      • Ensuring they take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others at the activity.

      • Notifying the Secretariat if they are otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with this Policy.

      • Providing accurate and relevant information about their COVID-19 vaccination status.


      • Administering requirements to ensure that activity participants meet Policy requirements

      • Alerting the Board to necessary modifications to the Policy requirements.

      • Ensuring that prospective activity participants are aware of the need to comply with the Policy requirements.

    3. Vaccinations

    To the extent required by the then current NSW Public Health Orders, the CCANSW Board requires all participants in CCANSW activities to have their vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus up to date and to maintain their vaccination status on an ongoing basis.

    1. Requests for exemptions based on medical reasons

    Participants who are unable to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination for medical reasons may be required to provide a Medical Contraindication Certificate.

    Participants who have previously contracted COVID-19 may be required to provide a medical clearance notice and will be exempt from vaccination requirements for a period of six months after the date on the notice as per the following link

    All reasonable efforts will be made to make alternate arrangements for provide a Medical Contraindication Certificate. Examples of alternative arrangements that may be considered may include:

      • allowing participation, with increased personal protection equipment,

      • rapid antigen testing, with a RAT provided by the participants

    CCANSW is not obliged to offer alternate arrangements.

    1. Unvaccinated participants

    The CCNSW respects the right of every individual participant to make their own decision regarding COVID-19 Vaccination. That said, it also acknowledges its responsibility to other participants to diminish the risk of infection associated with CCANSW activities.

    1. Vaccination records

    Participants may be required to attest to their COVID-19 Vaccination status during registration for and prior to attending an activity.

    If in accordance with the then current NSW Public Health Orders, should CCANSW require proof of Vaccination, it will accept the following forms of Vaccination Evidence:

      • COVID-19 Digital Certificate

      • Immunisation History Statement

      • Medical Contraindication Certificate

    CCANSW must comply with the information protection principles and the health privacy principles under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) in relation to the collection, retention, use and disclosure of information in relation to Workers’ vaccination status.

    1. Review Date

    The wording of this Policy provides flexibility for it to automatically reflect the then current NSW Public Health Orders.

  • CCANSW Covid Information & Resources pages update

    We've updated our links to government issued COVID resources & information including those to important information about attending funerals.

  • CCANSW COVID-19 Information Page Updates

    There have been a number of updates to the CCANSW COVID-19 Information Page that may be of immediate interest to you.

  • CCANSW now monitoring NSW Health website

    The CCANSW COVID-19 Information page provides real time updates from government and verified news sites, particularly Australian sites that might be relevant to the local death care industry. Additionally links to COVID 19 resources on & monitoring of the NSW Health web site have been added for easy access. You'll find them near the top of the page.






  • COVID-19 - Australia: Real Time Tracker

    This feed of the COVID19 situation evolving in Australia has been linked from its Github Project Site. The feed has been expanded to include related information, news and blogs.  Refresh the page for the latest updates.

    Google Chrome & Chromium Users: There appear to be rendering problems with the feed when using Chrome or Chromium. You may have to switch to another browser. Opera, Firefox and EDGE all appear to render the data streams correctly.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic News & Updates

  • COVID-19 Safety Management Plan for Funeral Operators

    CCANSW member Woodwynd Consulting has kindly provided a COVID-19 Safety Management Plan for Funeral Operators. George Simpson of Woodwynd Consulting says the  he has been surprised by the amount of operators in the Funeral sector who are unsure about their responsibilities in managing gatherings at their premises during the current covid pandemic; "I'm sure that all operators are anxious during this time but just don't know what is expected of them, this is causing some confusion in the industry as their are many conflicting interpretations of the guidelines set out by the states and territories health departments, which ultimately leads to operators possibly not adhering to guidelines."

  • COVID-19: Cemeteries, Crematoriums in the news

    Here's a few news item links about how the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting cemetery and  crematorium services around the world:

  • FAQ updates and Info Tiles for NSW Councils from the OGL

    The Office of Local Government (NSW) (OLG)has updated its FAQs to provide further advice to councils to guide the practical implementation of the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions.

  • GMCT Issues Coronavirus Statement

    Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has issued a statement relating to the Coronavirus pandemic:

    With the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia slowly increasing, the wellbeing of our staff, customers, business partners and communities is our top priority.

    By close of business Friday 13 March 2020 we have not been made aware of any cases of the virus among our staff, or visitors to functions or events at any of our sites. There is no impact to funeral services at this stage.

    In close consultation with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), GMCT is reviewing our systems and processes to adapt to any scenario that may arise in the future. The Executive Team has met frequently over the last two weeks to determine how we will respond to COVID-19.

    Remote service delivery

    We are currently equipping a number of GMCT staff to access remote working arrangements so they can continue to serve our families, communities and business partners.

    We will be prepared to facilitate meetings with our clients and business partners utilising digital platforms should that action be required.

    If you have an upcoming appointment with GMCT that you feel uncomfortable attending in person, we are more than happy to facilitate these meetings online or by phone. Please contact us to discuss how we can best work with you.


    Looking after our staff

    We have provided staff with the necessary hygiene equipment to ensure we are doing our best to safeguard against the rapid spread of COVID-19.

    We have asked staff members showing signs or symptoms of illness to remain at home and seek medical advice, and to only return to work once cleared of any significant illness.

     Community events deferred

    In line with Australian government advice to minimise social gatherings, we will be cancelling or deferring all planned community events until further notice. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.

     What won’t change

    There is no impact to funeral services. We will still conduct burials, cremations and other interments, and will continue to maintain safe and accessible cemetery grounds.

    Our chapels and function rooms are still available for bookings, and we have asked our cleaners to ramp up their cleaning schedule in line with best practice to keep our families and business partners safe.

    Our phone and online channels will remain fully operational, however as we may be operating with a reduced workforce, please be patient if wait times are higher than usual.

     Our commitment to you

    GMCT will continue to closely monitor the information being released from the World Health Organisation, Australia's Chief Medical Officer and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for any updates.

    We will continue to work with peak bodies and industry groups to ensure we are aligned and able to deliver our essential services to the families and communities we all serve. If you have any questions or concerns through this period please do not hesitate to contact us.




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    More people are staying indoors to avoid contact with people potentially infected by Covid-19. But in light of a recent report from the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said RNA from the virus that causes Covid-19 was found in the Diamond Princess ship 17 days after its passengers had left, what are the risks of handling packages, groceries and what scientists call “high-touch” surfaces?


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