Rules, regulations and requirements

The funeral sector is highly regulated and businesses must comply with a wide range of legal requirements. Walter Carter Funerals knows and understands all the legal requirements relating to the arrangement of funerals and always ensures compliance.

  • The Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and the accompanying Regulations specify the manner in which a body may be disposed, be it burial or cremation.
  • The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1995 (NSW) sets out the the rules for registering a death, including the information that must be included with the registration.
  • The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) sets out principles for collecting, sharing and storing the personal information that is gathered during the course of arranging a funeral.
  • The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) sets out the procedures for handling of bodies.
  • The Funeral Funds Act 1979, which protects pre-payments made by consumers for funeral services through the registration of funeral funds, sets out what funeral directors are required to do with pre-payments.
  • Consumer protection in relation to the funeral sector is overseen by NSW Fair Trading.
  • Many local councils have regulations in place when it comes to organising a funeral, especially if they administer any cemeteries within their municipality.
  • When a body is repatriated overseas the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, as well as the government of the destination country (represented by their local embassy or consulate) will prescribe a range of requirements and request particular documentation.