Under section 131 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (the Act), a person who wishes bodily remains to be cremated in a crematorium at a public cemetery may apply to the responsible cemetery trust for a cremation authorisation.
To apply for cremation authorisation you must complete the ‘Application for cremation authorisation’ form. This form is prescribed under Schedule 1 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulations 2015 and is also referred to as ‘Form 3’:
Application for cremation authorisation (Form 3)
This form is an interactive Microsoft Word document which you can complete online and then print for signature. Alternatively you can print out the document and complete it by hand. Instructions on how to use interactive Microsoft Word documents are provided below:
How to complete prescribed forms
In accordance with section 131(3)(a) of the Act, the prescribed form titled ‘Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation’ (Form 4) and a notice as required under section 37(2) of the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 must be submitted with an ‘Application for cremation authorisation’.
Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation (Form 4)
A Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation’ (Form 4) is always required for an application for cremation, unless the application relates to one of the following:
- the cremation of a still-born child (to confirm that the application relates to a still-born child please check the ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Perinatal Death’);
- where an order has been made by a Coroner under section 47 of the Coroners Act 2008; or
- a deceased person who died interstate or overseas and for whom an authority to cremate has been issued by the Coroner or other person permitted by the law of the jurisdiction where they died to authorise the cremation.
In accordance with section 138 of the Act, the ‘Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation’ must be completed by a registered medical practitioner who is not the registered medical practitioner who completed the notice as required under section 37(2) of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 in respect of the death of the deceased person who is to be cremated.
Please note: a ‘Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation’ is required for authorising cremations in regards to neonatal deaths (defined by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, as the death of a live-born child within 28 days after birth). The requirements are distinct from those for a still-born child because a still-born child is not born alive and therefore does not require a second independent doctor to enquire about and confirm the cause of death before authorising the cremation. Cemetery trusts and funeral directors should check Part 5, sections 23 and 24 of the ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Perinatal Death’, to determine which type of death is being reported.
For further information please refer to the guidance notes for medical practitioners provided below:
Guidance notes for registered medical practitioners authorising cremation