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Data and research

Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) provides research and information to better empower the NSW community to make decisions about burial and cremation services. 

Industry overview  

We collect an annual activity report from cemetery and crematorium operators, including: 

  • the number of cemetery and crematorium operators  
  • the number of burials and cremations 
  • where burials and cremations are taking place in NSW.

Explore our register of all cemetery and crematorium operators.


CCNSW holds a critical role in ensuring land is available for affordable and accessible burial and cremation options in NSW, now and in the future.

CCNSW assesses the burial and cremation needs of the state’s growing population and develops planning strategies to ensure there is enough cemetery space to adequately service these needs.

CCNSW has commissioned a report exploring cemetery capacity in Metropolitan Sydney, available below:

The statutory review of theCemeteries & Crematoria Act 2013also explores cemetery capacity, projecting the supply-demand requirements for cemetery land over 99 years. For more information, read the Statutory Review.

Sydney and regional NSW cemetery and crematorium facilities – as at 30 June 2022

Accessible data details
 Regional NSWMetropolitan Sydney
No. of Cemeteries (Active)899412
No. of Cemeteries (Inactive)11554
No. of Crematoria Active4813


Cemetery facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2022

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 No of Cemeteries ActiveNo of Cemeteries Inactive
Central Coast2125
Central West & Orana163250
Far West4070
Illawarra Shoalhaven3664
Metropolitan Sydney115169
New England North West98151
North Coast92134
Riverina Murray118162
South East & Tablelands154224


Active Crematoria facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2022

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 No of Crematoria Active
Central Coast2
Central West & Orana5
Far West2
Illawarra Shoalhaven4
Metropolitan Sydney13
New England North West4
North Coast11
Riverina Murray10
South East & Tablelands3

Burials and cremations by percentage 2021-22

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No of BurialsNo of Cremations
20,686 (31.6%)44,846 (68.4%)


Percentage of burials by sector 2021-22

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 Percentage of burials per sector
Local Government 43.3%