Please contact a funeral director to arrange a bodily burial. If you are arranging to bury ashes, visit our ashes interments page.

A funeral director will submit an application on your behalf, and engage with us to conduct the burial. You don't need to contact us directly. Our fees will normally be included in the director's charge to you.

Funeral directors can find information on this page about how to work with us.

How it works

What a funeral director does

  • Help you understand and choose from the options available
  • Help you with the necessary paperwork and applications
  • Prepare and transport the body of the deceased
  • Provide a coffin or shroud
  • Conduct the funeral service

What Council does

  • Authorise burials within the cemetery
  • Prepare and refill the grave
  • Keep official records of the burial

How to apply

Step 1.Contact us

Check our availability and agree or confirm the grave location.

Step 2.Submit an application


  • An application for right of interment
  • An application for interment authorisation
  • One of the documents listed under s.116(3)(a)-(e) of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003

If a right of interment already exists, an application for right of interment is not required.

Application for right of interment(DOC, 170KB) Application for interment authorisation(DOC, 154KB)

Submit your application by:

Please submit your application at least 48 hours before your requested burial time.

Step 3.Receive confirmation

We'll process your application and send a written confirmation of the burial arrangements and an invoice.

Step 4.The day of the burial

Collect the key to the grave cover from the Council offices.

Further information for funeral directors

Our standard days for burials are Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

We may be able to accommodate weekends, public holidays, or times outside those below at an additional cost. Please contact us to discuss your preferred arrangement.

Our hours differ for ashes interments.

Cemetery Earliest start Latest finish
Mansfield Cemetery 8:30am 3:00pm
Bonnie Doon Cemetery 9:00am 2:30pm
Jamieson Cemetery 9:30am 2:00pm
Merton Cemetery 9:30am 2:00pm

Grave digging and refill

Our staff will dig the grave on either the day before or the morning of the burial.

We return after the service to refill the grave.

Monument re-opening

For burials in graves that already have a monument, the ledger or cover will need to be removed to access the grave.

Council staff can remove and reinstall the ledger, but are not fully trained and equipped professionals. We take all care in handling ledgers, but do not accept responsibility for damage during the re-opening.

We can arrange for a monumental mason to re-open the monument, at an additional cost.

Wet weather

Mansfield, Bonnie Doon, and Jamieson cemeteries have small permanent shelters on-site.

We have grave-shoring equipment, and a pump to remove excess water from the grave. If it's wet on the day, we place straw at the bottom of the grave to hide the remaining water. We also place boards around the grave for attendees to stand on, reinforcing the ground and giving protection from mud.

Lowering device

We don't have equipment for lowering coffins and caskets.  Directors are expected to provide a lowering device.

Local director McCormack Funerals may be able to hire out their lowering device to you for a fee. Phone 1800 080 909 to enquire.

Graveside shelter

We don't have temporary shelter that can be placed immediately around the grave.

Hand digging may be required where surrounding monuments prevent access to the grave with machinery.

We will advise you in advance if hand digging is required, and an additional fee will be charged.