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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


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.

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

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  Regional NSW Metropolitan Sydney
No. of Cemeteries (Active) 899 412
No. of Cemeteries (Inactive) 115 54
No. of Crematoria Active 48 13


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

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  No of Cemeteries Active No of Cemeteries Inactive
Central Coast 21 25
Central West & Orana 163 250
Far West 40 70
Hunter 177 231
Illawarra Shoalhaven 36 64
Metropolitan Sydney 115 169
New England North West 98 151
North Coast 92 134
Riverina Murray 118 162
South East & Tablelands 154 224


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

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  No of Crematoria Active
Central Coast 2
Central West & Orana 5
Far West 2
Hunter 7
Illawarra Shoalhaven 4
Metropolitan Sydney 13
New England North West 4
North Coast 11
Riverina Murray 10
South East & Tablelands 3

Burials and cremations by percentage 2021-22

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No of Burials No 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%
Crown 37.4%
Private 17.2%
Church 1.2%
Community 1.0%