Cremations Act 2003 - Queensland


The Act outlines the requirements for disposing of a body by cremation and imposes record keeping obligations in relation to cremations.

The Act provides that before a body is disposed of by cremation, permission to cremate must be obtained by a doctor (who cannot be the doctor who issues the cause of death certificate) or a coroner (if the death is a reportable death under the Coroners Act 2003). The Act outlines who may apply for permission to cremate and provides that a coroner or independent doctor may not issue the permission if they are aware that the deceased close family or personal representative object to the cremation. The Act and Regulations also impose record keeping obligations on coroners, doctors who issue permission to cremate and on crematorium operators.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Cremations Regulation 2003.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Additional information

Copies of the forms to be used under the legislative scheme may be obtained from the Office of State Coroner or at the Queensland Courts website.

Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties

Crematorium operators must obtain a permission to cremate before cremation occurs. Fines can be imposed for failure to comply with this provision.

Persons who may receive a benefit from a persons death must not issue a permission to cremate. Fines can be imposed for failure to comply with this provision.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Justice Administration

Magistrates Courts Administration

Contact details

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Office Manager

Magistrates Courts Administration

Justice Administration

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Office of the State Coroner
Level 1
363 George Street
Phone: 07 3239 6193
Fax: 07 3239 0176
Website: Coroners Court (Opens in new window)