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Information for Crown cemetery operators

Crown cemetery operators have additional regulation to other cemetery operators, because they operate cemeteries on Crown land (State government land).  Part 5 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013 applies only to Crown cemetery operators. Part 5 details compliance and reporting obligations, including: 

  • strategic plans 
  • plans of management
  • fees and charges
  • annual reports and performance information.

Crown cemetery operators are also regulated, like all Crown land managers, under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and Crown Land Regulation 2018 by Crown Lands. Refer to the reserve manager site reservemanager.crownland.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Councils who manage Crown reserves should also read the classification of cemeteries and crematoria fact sheet for information on Crown land dedicated or reserved for cemeteries and crematoria.

Exemption to local councils for reporting under Part 5 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013

Crown cemeteries operated by local councils are currently not required to report under Part 5 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013

The CCNSW Board granted the exemption on the basis that local councils comply with separate and extensive reporting obligations under the Local Government Act 1993 and related legislation.

The Board has extended the exemption for a further three years to 30 June 2026.