Key messages

  • The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 was amended in 2015 to address the management of veterans' limited tenure cremated remains.
  • Identified veterans' cremated remains should be preserved in perpetuity.
  • Identified veterans' cremated remains are not to be scattered upon expiry of a limited tenure interment.

Application for approval to inter cremated remains

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 was amended in 2015 to recognise the contribution of veterans and to reflect community expectations for managing veterans' cremated remains. The amendment is intended to ensure that identified veterans' cremated remains are not scattered upon expiry of a limited tenure interment, and are preserved in perpetuity.

The amended Cemeteries and Crematoria Act provides trusts with a range of options to help manage identified veterans' cremated remains.

Guidelines for the management of veterans' limited tenure cremated remains have been prepared to inform cemetery trusts' development of their own policies for managing veterans' limited tenure cremated remains. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the relevant sections of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act.