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Aboriginal engagement

Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) has been engaging with Aboriginal people so we can better understand the cultural and spiritual requirements for burial and cremation.

Who are we

CCNSW is a NSW Government agency that:

  • supports and regulates the interment industry (cemeteries and crematoria) in NSW
  • provides information on burial and cremation options to the public.

What we are working on

An Interment Industry Scheme including:

  • Aboriginal cultural and spiritual principles
  • guidelines for cemeteries and crematoria on Aboriginal cultural and spiritual requirements
  • more clearly listed costs, including all fees and charges
  • treating people with respect and proper customer service

Information for mob, including:

  • the types of burials available, including options without conventional coffins or caskets
  • knowing where to go if you are unhappy with the cemetery or crematorium operator

What about funeral directors and funeral insurance?

CCNSW only regulates cemeteries and crematoria. We don’t regulate funeral directors or funeral insurance. Funeral directors are regulated by NSW Fair Trading and NSW Health. Funeral insurance funds are regulated by Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Registered Aboriginal Cemeteries in NSW
Facility NameOperator NameCemetery Address
Balranald Aboriginal CemeteryBalranald Local Aboriginal Land CouncilIsland Road, Balranald
Burra Bee DeeCoonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land CouncilOxley Highway, Coonabarabran
Collarenebri Aboriginal CemeteryCollarenebri Local Aboriginal Land CouncilGundabloui Road, Collarenebri
Cummeragunja CemeteryCummeragunja Local Aboriginal Land CouncilGeorge St, Moama
Fingal CemeteryTweed Shire CouncilLetitia Road, Fingal Head
Bermagui CemeteryBega Valley Shire CouncilBleakley Street, Bermagui
Murrin Bridge CemeteryMurrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council1499 Lachlan Valley Way, Murrin Bridge
Mutawintji ThunkaMutawintji Board of ManagementMutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Access Rd, Mutawintji
Old Goodooga CemeteryBrewarrina Shire CouncilGoodooga Road, Goodooga
Tubba-Gah Aboriginal Burial GroundDubbo City CouncilBurraway Road, Dubbo
Walhallow Cemetery also known as Caroona CemeteryWalhallow Local Aboriginal Lands Council69 Walhallow Road, Caroona
Wallaga Lake Aboriginal CemeteryMerrimans Local Aboriginal Land CouncilCemetery Point Road, Akolele
Wanaaring Aboriginal Burial GroundBourke Shire CouncilBourke-Milparinka Road, Wanaaring
Warangesda Aboriginal Mission GravesiteWarangesda Shire CouncilSturt Highway, Darlington Point

To find other cemeteries, visit our cemetery register.