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Interment rights in NSW - industry information

Interment refers to the burial or cremation of human remains either below ground or in above ground structures. 

NSW cemeteries and crematoria are regulated by  

Crown cemetery operators have additional regulation to other cemetery operators because they operate cemeteries on Crown land (State government land).

Interment rights are explained in the Questions and answers fact sheet (PDF, 206KB), overview of the interment rights system (PDF, 92KB) and the guides below.

The resources on this page will help cemetery and crematorium operators meet their requirements under Part 4 of the legislation.

For information and resources on the requirements under Division 3 Part 3 of the legislation visit the Interment Industry Scheme page.

Guides

Interment rights (system) in NSW

Part 4 of the Act sets out the interment rights system for NSW

Industry terms and references

Heritage advisory committees

Under the section 69 of the Act, operators must establish and manage heritage advisory committees.

Cemetery operator's register

Operators must meet information compliance requirements under part 4 of the Act and the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulation 2022 (previously shown as the 2014 Regulation)

Multiple interment rights

CCNSW can remove the restriction on a person holding interment rights for more than 2 sites in a cemetery. These guides explain what information cemetery operators must provide when applying for an exemption.

Guide to records: certificates and forms

Guide to help operators complete certificates and forms required under part 4 of the Act.

Templates

The templates from the Guide to records: certificates and forms are in PDF format.

Regarding religious or cultural practices

Under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulation 2022, cemetery operators must determine if any cultural or religious practices apply to human remains before they can be disturbed. 

To help you identify cultural or spiritual leaders you can consult, see the table below. We will update this over time.

Organisations are listed alphabetically.
Organisations Contact details
Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney  Gateway to search for one of the registered churches database
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils 

Email: admin@afic.com.au

Telephone: 02 9931 96733

Australian National Imams Council 

Email: info@anic.org.au

Telephone: 1300 765 964

Australia and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian  Orthodox Church Outside of Russia  Email: anzdiocese@iinet.net.au
Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT 

Email: hello@nswactbaptists.org.au

Telephone: 02 9868 9201

Buddhist Council of New South Wales 

Email: office@buddhistcouncil.org

Telephone: 02 9966 9683

Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT 

Email: office@freshhope.org.au 

Telephone: 02 8719 2600 

Congregational Federation of Australian and New Zealand (no website)  Email: keithlyons@westnet.com.au 
Maronite Diocese of Saint Maroon  Email: info@hillsmaronite.com.au 
NSW Ecumenical Council 

Email: nswec@ncca.org.au 

Telephone: 02 8259 0819 

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies 

Email: mail@nswjbd.com 

Telephone: 02 9360 1600 

Sabian Mandaean Association of Australia (no website) 

Email: President@mandaean.org.au 

Telephone: 02 9602 3114 

Sydney Beth Din  Email: secretary@bethdin.org.au 
Sydney Chevra Kadisha  Email: info@chevrakadishasydney.com 

 

Disclaimer: The organisations listed provided the information on this page. This is to help with enquiries about religious and cultural practices for interment. 

The State of NSW (including the Department of Planning and Environment) and the publisher take no responsibility, and will accept no liability, for the accuracy, reliability or correctness of any information on this page.