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Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW

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.

Browse our Activity Reports

Capacity

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

Infographics

Sydney and regional NSW cemetery and crematorium facilities – as at 30 June 2021

Sydney and regional NSW cemetery and crematorium facilities – as at 30 June 2021
Accessible data details
  Regional NSW Metropolitan Sydney
No. of Cemeteries (Active) 911 122
No. of Cemeteries (Inactive) 390 47
No. of Crematoria Active 46 13

 

Cemetery facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2021

Cemetery facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2021
Accessible data details
  No of Cemeteries Active No of Cemeteries Inactive
Central Coast 20 3
Central West & Orana 163 85
Far West 42 28
Hunter 183 49
Illawarra Shoalhaven 34 28
Metropolitan Sydney 122 47
New England North West 97 55
North Coast 99 35
Riverine Murray 120 39
South East & Tablelands 153 68

 

Active Crematoria facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2021

Active Crematoria facilities in NSW by region – as at 30 June 2021
Accessible data details
  No of Crematoria Active
Central Coast 2
Central West & Orana 5
Far West 2
Hunter 6
Illawarra Shoalhaven 4
Metropolitan Sydney 13
New England North West 4
North Coast 11
Riverina Murray 9
South East & Tablelands 3

Burials and cremations by percentage 2020-21

Burials and cremations by percentage 2020-21
Accessible data details
No of Burials No of Cremations
17,359 (29.5%) 41,448 (70.5%)

 

Percentage of burials by sector 2020-21

Percentage of burials by sector 2020-21
Accessible data details
  Percentage of burials per sector
Local Government  45.4%
Crown 36.2%
Private 16.4%
Church 1.3%
Community 0.7%