Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this appointment if you intend to act as a medical referee and approve the cremation of remains. The remains of a deceased person can only be cremated in Western Australia if a permit to cremate has been issued by an independent medical referee.

The role of a medical referee is to scrutinise specific information on the circumstances leading to death. A referee must:

  • Be certain that the deceased has died from natural circumstances;
  • Establish that there is no indication of any non-natural process; and
  • Determine that cremation can safely proceed.

A medical referee can then issue a permit authorising cremation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this appointment you must:

  • Be a registered medical practitioner;
  • Have practised medicine for a minimum of 5 years;
  • Complete the relevant application form; and
  • Pay the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Ongoing.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Application

Apply

There are no prescribed forms for the application, but at a minimum the following information must be provided:

  • A letter explaining the reason for the application;
  • Your contact details;
  • A copy of your current registration as a medical practitioner in Western Australia; and
  • Your curriculum vitae.

These documents will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.


Approval time

Approximately 20 working days.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Public Health
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Cremation Act 1929 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Cremation Regulations 1954 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Principal Medical Officer, Regulatory Support Unit
Department of Health
Public Health
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate

Operating address:
2nd Floor, B Block
189 Royal Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004

Phone:

02 92222295

Supporting information

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