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Cemetery pricing under review

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on the costs and pricing of interment services in NSW cemeteries. 

There have been significant reforms in the NSW cemetery sector in recent years, including the amalgamation of Crown cemetery trusts and the introduction of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013. Under this Act, IPART is now required to investigate the costs and the pricing of interment rights. 

Interment services (burial of a body or cremated remains) are provided by cemeteries operated by a combination of Crown land managers, local councils and private operators. 

IPART Chair Dr Paul Paterson said the review will consider whether existing prices cover the costs of interment, including the cost of acquiring new land as cemeteries reach capacity, and funding the maintenance of cemeteries in perpetuity. 

“In particular we have been asked to investigate the differences in costs and prices for perpetual and renewable interment rights,” Dr Paterson said.

“The option to offer renewable interment became effective in NSW in 2018. People are now able to choose whether to buy a perpetual right or a right to an initial term of between 25 and 99 years that can be renewed.” 

Prices for interment services are not currently regulated in NSW and they vary significantly, even within the same cemetery. Part of the review process will involve deciding whether IPART should recommend maximum prices for specific services, or instead publish guidelines or benchmarks. 

A paper released by IPART on Monday seeks feedback on a range of issues to be considered as part of the review. A full copy of the Issues Paper is available at

What do you think of cemetery pricing? Have you had a bad experience?

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YOU  make a good point MAUREEN,   re the polution,   it wont be long and cremation WILL become compulsory,   it will have to,    the population is increasing  in leaps and bounds,     the dead must go somewhere,    so cremation is the answer,    Plan Bs suggestion of the trees being planted,  is a nice idea,       i hate the thought of death,    but i was forced to write my wishes down,    as no one knew what i wanted done,     hubby did this some years ago,   he just wants cremation,   no service,      we have made arrangements  for our funerals,      so no burden falls on the family,    for most families it is a stressful enough time,   without having to worry about financ,  

Hello Catsahoy

glad you agree - lol 

yes we could bury the ashes and plant a tree . Great idea 

Just a thought. What do they do with Eskimos when they die.


They cremate them, hahaha


I believe in burial. Dead things, be it vegetative or animal (including human) feed other living entities and nourish the soil. Seems to me it is all part of a circle - death feeding into life feeding into death and so on. I’ll run with that....

I do think however it would be nicer to have a tree or bush planted with a memorial attached rather than filling up space with ugly cement.

Ny19,    i could not have had my little dog cremated,  when she passed at xmas,   it was bad enough losing her,    to burn would have broken my heart,   she is here with me,   buried in my garden,   with a plaque and a  flowering shrub  planted with her,    

I remember about 7 years ago going to Varanasi & taking a boat along the Ganges to the burning ghats, everytime the wind changed I breathed a lung full of some one's rellie lol

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