The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates the handling of bodies both by funeral industry professionals and by members of the public. The regulation expresses rules rather than explaining how the deceased are to be disposed.
The regulations control:
  • premises and facilities for handling bodies
  • waste disposal
  • handling of bodies including embalming, viewing, the use of body bags and storage of bodies
  • vehicles
  • restriction of burials
  • exhumations
  • crematories and cremations
  • maintenance of registers
Following are the relevant legislation guidelines, medical referee information for processing cremation applications, approved cremation forms, and guidelines for exhumations.


 Policy directives


 Fact sheets

Infection control procedures

Under clause 57 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 a person must, when carrying out any procedure on a body, comply with the guidelines specified in Part B of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare as published by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

 Medical referee information

 Cremation forms


  Anatomy audit tool

 Destitute burials or destitute cremations

 Mortuary - audit tool

 Registers and notification form

Page Updated: Wednesday 26 February 2014