Obtaining A Certificate of Death and Registration in Australia

OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF DEATH AND REGISTRATION IN AUSTRALIA

Once a loved one has passed away, one of the most important steps is to obtain a death certificate to settle estate-related matters. In Australia, registering a death and obtaining a death certificate is a crucial step towards closing bank accounts, discontinuing utilities, and other estate-related matters.
REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • The responsibility for acquiring a death certificate typically falls on your funeral provider, with the help and authorizing power of the next of kin or the executor of the deceased person's estate.
  • REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Medical certificate cause of death
  • Death registration form
  • Death certificate
  • MEDICAL CERTIFICATE CAUSE OF DEATH

  • The medical certificate cause of death is required to allow the funeral director to register the death on behalf of the next of kin or executor.
  • If the deceased passed away at a hospital or nursing home, a doctor or medical practitioner would provide the certificate.
  • In the case of a home passing, a doctor or palliative care nurse must confirm the passing. If the cause of death certificate cannot be provided by a doctor, it is imperative to inform the police, who will liaise with the Coroner's office to secure the necessary paperwork.
  • DEATH REGISTRATION FORM

  • The information required includes the deceased's full name, occupation, dates and places of birth and death, details regarding marriage and relationships, and the names and dates of birth of any children.
  • Funera Sydney can assist with the entire process and will submit the registration form and required paperwork on your behalf to the office of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
  • DELIVERY OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

  • If you use our funeral services, we will dispatch the death certificate and four certified copies to your designated address.
  • Otherwise, the office of Births, Deaths, and Marriages will mail the certificate to the chosen informant, typically the executor or next of kin.
  • The delivery of the death certificate may take up to four weeks after the cremation has been carried out. Any delays in processing by the state authority may result in an extended waiting period.
  • In certain Australian states, interim death certificates are available while waiting for the full certificate.
  • CONCLUSION

  • Registering a death and obtaining a death certificate is a crucial step towards settling a loved one's estate-related matters.


  • At Funera Sydney, we understand the importance of these documents and our funeral director in Sydney can assist you through the entire process.


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