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  • Latest updates on cemeteries and crematoria, including regulation changes 
  • Information for cemetery trust members and other stakeholders

Fraud, Corruption Control & Protected Disclosures Framework – template

Developing a fraud and protected disclosure policy

All cemetery trusts are required to have a documented fraud and protected disclosure policy. The department has prepared a template Fraud, Corruption Control and Protected Disclosures Framework  which is designed to provide organisations with a ‘fill in the blanks’ policy structure that they can adapt for their use.

For more information go to either Class A governance or Class B cemetery trust governance, whichever is applicable.

Cemetery maintenance grants 2018

The current grant round for cemetery trusts seeking maintenance funding closes on 31 October 2018.

Read more about cemetery maintenance grants.

Secretary's directions to Class A cemetery trusts

The Secretary to the department has issued directions to Class A cemetery trusts under s. 18 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 with respect to buildings or structures for the viewing or temporary refrigerated storage of bodily remains.

The directions have been issued to ensure that any future proposals for the development and operation of these kinds of facilities are managed in a consistent manner across the cemeteries sector. The directions set out the requirements applicable to any trust that plans to construct and operate these types of facilities.

The directions came into effect on 1 September 2016 and are available at Secretary's directions to cemetery trusts.

New exhumation application policy and factsheet

The department provides guidance for cemetery trusts, funeral directors and the public about applications for an exhumation licence.

The documents, along with the most current version of the exhumation licence application form, are available in Forms (under 'E').

Amendments to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act

Amendments to the Act have commenced from 9 November 2015 to provide trusts with additional options for managing the limited tenure cremated remains of veterans.

For more information about the amendments, read the Guidelines for cemetery trusts.

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