The ashes of Victoria's war veterans are to be protected under new laws in the state of Victoria.

Currently, ashes may be scattered when family members cannot be contacted after a designated period of time, generally 25 years.

Under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment (Veterans Reform) Bill 2015, cemetery trusts will extend the limited interment tenure of war veterans' ashes and ensure their remains are held in perpetuity.

Source: PSNews Online