Key messages

  • The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (the Act) governs the operation of Victoria’s cemeteries and crematoria sector.
  • The Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Bill 2009 made a number of amendments to the Act.
  • The Act was most recently amended in 2015.

Victoria has a proud tradition of caring for its forebears in a system of public cemeteries. The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (the Act), which commenced on 1 July 2005, governs the operations of Victoria’s cemetery and crematoria sector. The Act replaced the Cemeteries Act 1958.

The Act was most recently amended in 2015 to provide cemetery trusts with additional options for managing the limited tenure cremated remains of veterans. More information is available on the Veteran's cremated remains page.

The current and previous Acts are available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website: click on ‘Victorian law today’, select ‘Acts’ and then search for ‘cemeteries’.

Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Bill 2009 – Second reading speech

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Bill 2009 made amendments to the Act to ensure cemetery and crematoria services in Victoria are well placed to meet the needs of our communities and future generations by: 

  • improving the governance and accountability of cemetery trusts, focusing especially on the large entities that report to parliament under the Financial Management Act 1994
  • introducing Class A and Class B cemetery trusts
  • introducing the annual cemetery levy payable by Class A cemetery trusts
  • making some housekeeping changes to improve the administration of the Act.