Key messages

  • Class A cemetery trust members are appointed and removed by the Governor in Council.
  • Each Class A cemetery trust has between six and nine trust members.
  • Class A cemetery trust members are appointed for up to 3 years and are eligible for reappointment.
  • All applications are assessed against key selection criteria.

Cemetery trust members – appointment and removal

Under s. 6A and schedule 1A of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (the Act), trust members are appointed and removed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the department’s Minister.

There must not be fewer than six or more than nine trust members. The appointment of trust members are made according to the Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines issued by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Class A appointment terms

Under clause 1 of schedule 1A of the Act, Class A trust members hold office for a period not exceeding 3 years and are eligible to apply for reappointment.

Class A appointment process

The appointment process for Class A cemetery trusts is primarily conducted by the department, and appointments are made by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the department’s Minister.

Class A trust members are appointed for a specified term. Appointment rounds are coordinated centrally by Cemetery Sector Governance Support (based on the appointment expiry tenure) to ensure continuity of appointments to cemetery trust boards. The department will notify trusts when a scheduled appointment round is due to commence.

The appointment process for Class A trusts is as follows:

  • Scheduled appointment rounds – Cemetery Sector Governance Support will initiate a central appointment round for all Class A trusts.
  • The department will advise the Office of Prevention and Women's Equality and request they promote the recruitment process through their networks.
  • All Class A trust vacancies will be advertised on the Get on Board website and in regional newspapers.
  • The department will place and pay for the advertisement for prospective trust members.
  • Advertisements will call for expressions of interest for appointment to Class A Cemetery trusts.
  • All applications will be assessed against key selection criteria and a skills-based matrix designed to ensure that the trust has a broad set of skills to assist in performing its functions.
  • Consideration, endorsement and appointment of short-listed candidates is required from the:
    • Minister
    • Cabinet
    • Governor in Council.

Class A trust member remuneration

Under clause 5 of schedule 1A of the Act, each Class A trust member is eligible for remuneration. Members of each of the Class A cemetery trusts will receive remuneration in accordance with the Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines that set a remuneration scale linked to the size and turnover of the statutory body.

Class A trust chairperson

The role of the chairperson is to exercise procedural control over trust meetings, and to lead and assist the trust members in understanding their role, responsibilities and accountabilities as members of the trust. The chairperson is responsible for ensuring that all trust members actively participate in the governance of the trust.

In order to achieve this, chairpersons need to:

  • facilitate discussions at trust meetings and provide opportunities for each trust member to express their views
  • manage meetings in an orderly fashion
  • ensure that decisions are properly understood and recorded.

Under clause 2 of schedule 1A of the Act, one of the existing trust members must be appointed as a chairperson by the Governor in Council. The chairperson holds office for a period not exceeding 3 years and is eligible to apply for reappointment.

Class A trust member resignations

Under clause 3 of schedule 1A of the Act, a trust member may resign from their position by means of a letter of resignation. Letters should be addressed to the Minister, care of Cemetery Sector Governance Support.

On the recommendation of the Minister, the Governor in Council may – at any time – remove a trust member from office. However, this would only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Class A trust member application information

All applications for appointment to Class A trusts must be made via the Get on Board website. Guidelines to assist applicants prepare their application are available for download.