Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Western Australia


You will require this appointment if you intend to act as a medical referee to approve the cremation of human remains. The remains of a deceased person can only be cremated in Western Australia if a permit to cremate has been issued by an appointed medical referee. Medical referees are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia through the Department of Health.

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

  • assess whether the deceased has died from natural causes
  • look for any indication of a unnatural death
  • check that all other aspects of the proposed cremation are in order
  • decide that a cremation can or cannot safely proceed.

Once satisfied, the appointed medical referee can issue a permit to cremate.

There are no forms available for an application for appointment as a medical referee. Applications must consist of:

  • a letter explaining the reasons for the application
  • contact details of the applicant
  • the applicant's curriculum vitae
  • a copy of the applicant's current medical registration.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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 at least 5 years.

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


Indefinite but subject to willingness to exercise your role and your ongoing eligibility.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Guidelines for Medical Referees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Cremation Act 1929 WA

Regulation(s) name

Cremation Regulations 1954 WA

Administering agency

Department of Health

Public Health

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Chief Health Officer

Public Health

Department of Health

Mailing address: PO Box 8172
Perth BC, Western Australia
Contact us other: 08 9222 2295
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