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Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW

Cemeteries and crematoria are critical community infrastructure and provide essential services to the people of NSW. They are vital places for remembrance and reflection, a rich source of cultural and environmental heritage and provide valuable open spaces.

The management and operation of the more than 40 crematoria and over 800 cemeteries in NSW are governed by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013.

Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) is the independent agency which supports and oversees the interment industry, plays a lead role in the coordination of cemeteries and crematoria land acquisition, and provides information to the community. The agency works closely with cemeteries and crematoria operators, including Crown trusts, local councils, private operators and community operators, to identify and respond to capacity and demand through strategic land acquisition that focuses on priority areas of need.

What we do

Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW has three main roles.



  • keep an up-to-date register of all cemeteries and crematoria in NSW
  • provide analysis about cemetery capacity and demand
  • assist the community to understand and compare the costs and service levels of burial and cremation services


Working with our partners, we:

  • ensure the interment practices and beliefs of all religious and cultural groups are respected
  • ensure enough land is acquired and allocated to meet cemetery needs
  • ensure that cemetery and crematorium operators demonstrate accountability, transparency and integrity
  • promote the environmental sustainability of the interment industry, including provision for natural and private burials


We also:

  • ensure that cemeteries on public land are managed sustainably and in accordance with best practice
  • oversee the consistent system of interment rights across NSW
  • develop a regulatory framework to address trends and emerging issues for the interment industry

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