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Interment rights in NSW - industry information

CCNSW is currently reviewing the guides and templates on this page to ensure they align with new regulatory requirements commencing under  the Interment Industry Scheme. In particular, the templates for certificates and forms will be updated to align with the new requirement for a consumer contract under Conditions A of the Interment Industry Scheme.

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.


Interment rights (system) in NSW

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

Industry terms and references

Maintenance of memorials

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. This guide explains what information cemetery operators must provide when applying for an approval.

Application form s56(4) (DOCX) (187 KB)
Guide to multiple interment rights (PDF) (88KB)

Guide to records: certificates and forms

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

Guide for records, certificates and forms (PDF)(253.42 KB)


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.

Disclaimer: The contact details provided in the below table are to help with enquiries about religious and cultural practices for interment and have been provided by the organisations listed. While CCNSW makes best efforts to maintain information on this page as current, it is not liable for any incorrect or out of date information. If you believe the information is not accurate, or have any additions to propose, please contact CCNSW at [email protected]

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

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 02 9931 96733

Australian National Imams Council 

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 1300 765 964

Australia and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian  Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Email: [email protected]
Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT 

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 02 9868 9201

Buddhist Council of New South Wales 

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 02 9966 9683

Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 02 8719 2600 

Congregational Federation of Australian and New Zealand (no website) Email: [email protected] 
Maronite Diocese of Saint Maroon Email: [email protected] 
NSW Ecumenical Council 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 02 8259 0819 

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 02 9360 1600 

Sabian Mandaean Association of Australia (no website) 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 02 9602 3114 

Sydney Beth Din Email: [email protected] 
Sydney Chevra Kadisha Email: [email protected]