Funeral Benefit Business Act 1982 - Queensland

Service summary

This legislation is to ensure that funeral benefit businesses are operated in an efficient and appropriate manner.

Before a person enters into a funeral benefit agreement you must give the person a Client Care Statement in the approved form and there must be a 30 day cooling off period.

There is no requirement for you to be registered to offer funeral benefits.

Other than for an authorised entity, to enter into a funeral benefit agreement you must operate a trust fund account into which you must place all contributions. The trust account must be audited and a copy of the auditors report must be filed with the Department. The Act imposes restrictions as to how the monies in such accounts may be invested and applied.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Authorised entity

an authorised deposit taking institution under the Banking Act 1959 (Cwlth); or a company registered under the Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cwlth).

Funeral benefit

The provision, for any contributor or other person for whom, or on whose behalf, a payment or contribution is made of:

  • funeral, burial or cremation services; or
  • the costs and expenses, or a part thereof, of such funeral, burial or cremation services including, in the case of provision of connected service or benefits, the costs and expenses, or a part thereof, of such other services or benefits.
Funeral benefit agreement

an agreement for the supply of a funeral benefit between a contributor and an entity.

Lodgement

Comply

The courts may impose fines for breaches of the Act.


Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Registration Services

Regulation(s) name

Funeral Benefit Business Regulation 2010 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Registration Services


Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

07 3405 0985

Phone:

13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Fax:

07 3405 0731
RegistrationServices@justice.qld.gov.au

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.