Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Western Australia


You will need to be appointed as a medical referee if you intend to approve human remains for cremation. The remains of a deceased person can only be cremated 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 five years.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to preserve all documents you received in the course of your duties and deliver them to the Chief Health Officer once per year for any documents over two years old.




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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

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