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Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW - News & Updates

  • COVID-19 Safety Plan Funerals, memorial services and wakes for NSW

    The recent easing of restrictions across Greater Sydney has meant changes regarding face masks and the re-introduction of the 2 square metre per person rule for most businesses.

    As a result the COVID Safety Plans listed below have been amended.

  • DIY | Corsi-Rosenthal Cube

    Also known as a Corsi-Rosenthal box, this DIY method of building your own air filter with MERV13furnace filters and a box fan are an easy and cost-effective way to help clear indoor air from airborne virus particles, smoke, pollen, dust, and more! It has also been suggested as a cost effective method of air filtering class rooms in the fight against COVID-19.

    If you can seal a box, you can build one (or 100!) of these!

  • New public health advice for NSW reopening

    New public health advice sets out how NSW will continue to tackle COVID-19 as the state begins to reopen when it reaches the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard said while high vaccination rates were the key factor in the roadmap to recovery, COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the community.

  • A New Mourning

    Philip Bachelor OAM

    Necessity certainly is the mother of invention”, we are reminded by Deakin University’s Philip Bachelor. “And under current distancing requirements, we’re seeing quite novel and even exciting innovations”.

  • AHPPC | Statement on winter season preparedness

    A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on winter season preparedness.

  • Arrests at Rookwood Cemetery

    Four arrested at Rookwood Cemetery as Western Sydney leader calls for fairer approach to funerals

    NSW Police made arrests at Rookwood Cemetery. Police say they had reports of 80 to 100 people attending a funeral, but a  Western Sydney leader says the enforcement of the 10-person rule threatened to ruin the community's relationship with police.

  • Arrow Bronze: COVID-19 Update

    Arrow Bronze have provided and update for members and customers.

    Read / Download the file

  • 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 | COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring and reporting

    Australia's  Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is responsible for monitoring the safety of all vaccines approved for use in Australia. It  assesses safety data prior to approval, and continues to monitor the safety of vaccines after they are registered in Australia so that it can detect and respond to any safety concerns. This is known as 'pharmacovigilance'.

  • 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.

  • Australian Local Government: the COVID19 Frontline!

    Local government peak bodies around Australia are swinging into action as councils find themselves thrust into a frontline role in preparing for and responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Local government associations contacted by Government News say they are working with state governments, ensuring information is communicated to members and preparing to monitor and co-ordinate local responses.

  • 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.

  • Brazil city opts for vertical burial to overcome cemetery space shortages

    It's reported that to prevent the funeral system from collapsing in the face of a new increase in coronavirus cases, Manaus, the Brazilian Amazon metropolis, plans to create 22,000 vertical graves.

  • Campaign launched to encourage NSW to get vaccinated

    The NSW Government has launched the next phase of its COVID-19 advertising campaign to encourage people across the State to get vaccinated.

    The ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign is designed to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations so we can all get back to doing the things we love.

  • Canada: Crematoriums ordered to be ready to run 'all day, every day'

    The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the agency that licenses and regulates funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries, has ordered they prepare to operate round-the-clock to ensure that dead bodies are not “stockpiled” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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.