Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Western Australia


If you intend to approve human remains for cremation, you must be appointed as a medical referee for this purpose. 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.

The role of a medical referee is to scrutinise the available 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
  • determine that cremation can safely proceed.

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

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.




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 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Cremation Regulations 1954 Western Australia

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

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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