Cremation Costs

Cremation Costs In Australia: What Is A Fair Price?

Deciding to cremate your loved one could be for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are from a religious background where this is the norm. Maybe it was the wishes of the deceased. Or it could even be a need to share and keep the remains of the departed.

A big factor that will definitely influence your decision is cost. The reality is that funerals in Australia are expensive, therefore it’s a good idea to do some proper planning and research.

Although the cost of cremation will vary depending on your choices, it is significantly cheaper than a burial memorial. This article will go through the typical cremation services and packages offered by funeral directors.

Non-Service Package: Around the $1800- $3000 mark

Also known as a direct cremation, this basic package involves an unattended cremation. This means that there is no funeral service, family and friends are not present at the time of cremation. The process involves the deceased being transferred and cremated, with the remains given to a family member once the process has finished. After receiving the ashes of their loved one, it is up to the family to make their own arrangements (If any) for a ceremony. Due to the high costs of funerals, families are increasingly opting to make their own ceremony arrangements.

What’s generally included

  • Professional service fees
  • Cremation fees
  • Transportation from hospital
  • Basic coffin
  • Standard urn
  • Death certificate from births, deaths, and marriages
  • All mandatory paperwork required for cremation

Service Level Package: Around the $4500- $8000 mark

Moving up to a service level package, the biggest difference you can expect is that the cremation package includes a memorial service. Like for a ‘non-service package’, services like transportation of the deceased, necessary documentation for cremation, a standard coffin and urn make are usually included.

Some good advice would be to find out what options are included by the provider and pay attention to what is an extra cost. A lot of cremation companies will offer a standard option (For example, a basic coffin) with the option for you to upgrade to a more expensive one. Being persuaded to upgrade these extras can dramatically increase the overall cost a cremation.

What’s generally offered

These packages tend to vary a lot more in what’s offered, and will depend on factors such as price, the provider, and location.

  • Venue (Chapel, Church, etc) hire for service
  • Clergy or celebrant
  • Ceremony music and digital display
  • Order of service booklets
  • Newspaper and online announcements
  • Food catering
  • Flower arrangement

Service Level Package: Around the $4500- $8000 mark

Moving up to a service level package, the biggest difference you can expect is that the cremation package includes a memorial service. Like for a ‘non-service package’, services like transportation of the deceased, necessary documentation for cremation, a standard coffin and urn make are usually included.

Some good advice would be to find out what options are included by the provider and pay attention to what is an extra cost. A lot of cremation companies will offer a standard option (For example, a basic coffin) with the option for you to upgrade to a more expensive one. Being persuaded to upgrade these extras can dramatically increase the overall cost a cremation.

What’s generally offered

These packages tend to vary a lot more in what’s offered, and will depend on factors such as price, the provider, and location.

  • Venue (Chapel, Church, etc) hire for service
  • Clergy or celebrant
  • Ceremony music and digital display
  • Order of service booklets
  • Newspaper and online announcements
  • Food catering
  • Flower arrangement