Crematoriums and scattering ashes in Victoria
Many customers often ask where the crematoriums are in Victoria.
Victoria is one of very few states where every crematorium is located within a public cemetery and managed by a cemetery trust. There are no private crematoria in Victoria.
There are nine public cemeteries in Victoria that provide cremation services.
Crematoriums in Victoria
|Altona Memorial Park||Altona North||Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT)|
|Springvale Botanical Cemetery||Clayton||Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT)|
|Bunurong Memorial Park||Dandenong South||SMCT|
|Fawkner Memorial Park||Fawkner||GMCT|
|Lilydale Memorial Park||Lilydale||GMCT|
|Ballarat New Cemetery||North Ballarat||Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust|
|Geelong Memorial Park||Geelong East||Geelong Cemeteries Trust|
|Eaglehawk Remembrance Park||Eaglehawk||Bendigo Cemeteries Trust|
|Gippsland Memorial Park||Traralgon||Traralgon Cemetery Trust|
Scattering / Memorialising Ashes in Victoria
Cemeteries and Memorial Parks
Memorial Parks offer a number of options for cremated remains.
- Permanent Cremation Memorials , eg a niche in a wall, or in a garden bed. Each Cemetery has various options. Contact the cemetery involved for their options and pricing. Memorialisation can be purchased for perpetuity (forever) or limited tenure (25 years)
- Scattering of Ashes can be done in cemetery gardens. Once again please contact the cemetery you are considering for their options and pricing.
- Ashes can also be interred in a grave with other burials if permission of the owner of the gravesite is given. (Application to inter Cremated remains form required)
However, The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic) s128 states that there is no requirement to dispose of cremated human remains in a public cemetery.
Government owned public land and parks
There is no general permit required for scattering ashes in Victoria.
Local council and other public bodies have varying requirements concerning the disposal of ashes, with some having no formal or published policy.
For example, scattering ashes in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is strictly prohibited, but Hobsons Bay City Council expressly permits the scattering of ashes on land owned or managed by council.
A person needs to contact the specific local council, enquiring if permission is required if they wish to scatter ashes on public land.
You can inter or scatter cremated remains on your own privately owned property.
If the private property is owned by someone else you will need permission from the owner of the land.
No permit is required.
Bodies of water
You do not need a permit or permission to scatter ashes at sea, or in rivers.
If you are scattering from a vessel it is a good idea to get permission from the vessel owner and if at the beach be mindful of other members of the public when scattering.
No restrictions or permits required.