The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that current and future generations have equitable and affordable access to cemetery and crematoria services, including the option of a traditional burial in a cemetery close to their community. Projections indicate that available cemetery space across NSW may be exhausted within 30-40 years. This may occur much sooner in some of the State's oldest metropolitan cemeteries. Land acquisition for cemeteries and crematoria and better use of existing cemetery space will be essential in delivering the Government's vision for a sustainable, equitable and transparent interment industry.
The Government is continuing with stage two of its landmark cemeteries and crematoria reforms with the release of draft legislation. The new legislation will regulate cemetery and crematorium operations across all three sectors of the interment industry. Its primary purpose is to ensure that there is sufficient land to meet current and future burial needs in NSW and that people continue to have access to a range of interment options.
To find out more about the cemetery reform you may download the following documents:
- Cemetery and Crematoria Reform Information Sheet (PDF 203KB)
- Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2013 Exposure Draft (PDF 679KB)
- Media Release – NSW Legislation to Reform Cemeteries and Crematoria (PDF 178KB)
- Media Release – NSW Government Delivers Historic Cemetery Reforms (PDF 200KB)
Have Your Say
An Exposure Draft of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2013 has been developed. The department is currently undertaking a comprehensive targeted consultation program on the Exposure Draft with all key stakeholders with an interest in the area of cemetery reform. All sectors of the industry have been given the opportunity to comment on the content of the legislation. The department has worked closely with major religious, cultural and community groups, relevant state government agencies and local government representatives throughout the drafting process.
Interested members of the community are now encouraged to make comments on the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2013 Exposure Draft.
Source: NSW Government Crown Lands