Options to suit your needs and budget
The total cost of a funeral will depend on the arrangements you want to put in place and the relevant fees will fall into the following categories.
Walter Carter Funerals will provide you with a written estimate prior to the conduct of the funeral. This estimate will clearly set out the goods and services falling within each of these categories.
Following the funeral, a final account will be provided to you. This final account will also clearly set out each of the relevant fees.
1. Planning fee
When you engage Walter Carter Funerals to arrange and conduct a funeral, we charge a planning fee. This is a fee for engaging our professional services and reflects the advice, guidance, care and creativity our team provide throughout the process.
The following items are included in the planning fee.
- Prompt and personal attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year
- Making arrangements, liaising with third-party service providers and other related activities
- Use of our premises for arrangement meetings
- Use of our facilities for viewing or vigil prayers*
- Use of our gathering space for the service^
- Preparation and lodgement of death and/or funeral notices, including online notices
- Registration with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Team members required to conduct the service
- Advice and support following the funeral.
* Viewings between 9.00am and 5.00pm at our premises; for up to two hours.
^ Maximum 40 people; for up to two hours; services between 9.00am and 3.00pm; complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.
Fees for the following items are not included in the planning fee. Some items are required for all funerals and others are optional. These items are generally supplied by Walter Carter Funerals and will be charged accordingly.
- Transfer of deceased into the care of Walter Carter Funerals
- Purchase of coffin or casket
- Supply of hearse and any additional vehicles
- Embalming (where required)
- Mortuary care
- Conduct of vigil prayers or viewing off-site or outside business hours
- Memorial book (i.e. guest register)
- AV tribute presentation
- Collection of ashes and provision of urn
- Grave marker
- Crucifix mount
- Weekend and public holiday surcharges
- Travel outside 30km radius of Sydney CBD
- Pre-planning establishment fee
- Third-party fees.
2. Third-party fees
Also called disbursements, third-party fees are paid by Walter Carter Funerals (at cost) on your behalf to suppliers, so we can conduct the funeral in accordance with your instructions.
When it comes to a funeral service, there’s no one size that fits all. Whether it’s a traditional religious service or a celebration with a modern twist that you’re after, our team can suggest suppliers who can provide the services you need at a price that suits.
Services attracting third-party fees may include:
- Cemetery (including burial plot, interment and/or service)
- Crematorium (including cremation and/or service)
- Medical certificates (where required)
- Death certificate
- Clergy or celebrant
- Venue hire
- Music (including musicians and/or vocalists)
- Death and/or funeral notices (i.e. the cost of publishing the notice)
- Memorial options (including grave markers and urns)
- Monumental masonry.
GST is payable on Walter Carter Funerals’ planning fee and the supply of all related goods and services.
It’s important to note that while some costs may be GST-free from the provider, the Australian Taxation Office requires us to apply GST to the total invoice for the funeral service provided by Walter Carter Funerals.