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When you buy a funeral service without doing your homework you can be very vulnerable and it’s very difficult to unpack that product. It’s very hard to get a funeral director to tell you the cost of each item in a package. That’s where eziFunerals can help.

eziFunerals has prepared the following guide to help you understand funeral costs and avoid unnecessary fees and charges. Use our guide to plan a funeral, connect with funeral directors and compare funeral costs before selecting a funeral director.



How are funeral costs calculated?

Funeral Service Quotes from funeral directors are often presented in three parts:


Funeral Director (Professional) Fees

Funeral Director (Professional) Fees
 are usually not itemised in the quote from the funeral director. These fees cover the services funeral directors provide using their own resources. Generally these tasks include collecting, transporting, and preparing the body, and providing chapel or viewing facilities as well as staff, a hearse and mourners’ cars.

This cost also includes the ‘organising’ they do on your behalf, such as speaking with clergy, organising the cemetery or crematorium, arranging for medical or death certificates and ordering flowers and placing obituaries.
 The fees will vary according to which funeral director you use and the level of service you choose.


Coffins and Caskets

Purchasing a coffin is one of the most expensive items for any funeral, and many people either don’t have the means to pay for a coffin or would prefer not to spend such a large sum of money.

Coffins are usually less expensive than caskets. Coffins and caskets with more elaborate fittings, linings and timbers are more expensive.

There is a wide range available on offer by suppliers. Coffins vary in materials and costs depending on your choice and budget.

  • Solid timber
  • Craft wood/timber combination
  • Particle board
  • Plain craft wood or chipboard
  • Cardboard

Read our guide on How To Save Money on Coffins



Disbursements are fees charged by a third party which the funeral director pays on your behalf. Necessary disbursements include the fees charged by a doctor for medical certificates and permits or fees charged by a cemetery or crematorium. Other disbursements may include newspaper notices, flowers or refreshments you have requested. The funeral director should only pass the actual cost on to you.


How much does a funeral cost?

According to the government’s Moneysmart website, the average funeral in Australia can cost between $4000 for a basic cremation to around $15,000 for an extravagant affair complete with casket, burial and flowers.

Use our free and no obligation GET QUOTES service to compare funeral directors by location, service and price.

Not all funeral directors are the same. A funeral director in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart might not be charging the same as the funeral director in Sydney or Melbourne. Make sure you shop around and ask for a breakdown of the prices before making the final choice.

Funeral Expenses Starting Price
Funeral director fee $3,000
Transfer of deceased to funeral home $300
Storage of deceased at funeral home $150
Preparation of deceased $200-$600
Embalming $600-$1,400
Coffins $800-$8,000
Death certificate $66
Cremation certificate $110
Cremation permit $110
Burial services (graveside service) $2,000
Cremation services (at crematorium) $600
Cremation service with chapel service $1,200
Celebrant $300
Family car $400
Flowers $200
Newspaper notice $200

*These prices are based on estimates only and will vary due to a number of factors in each State. We have tried to show the general starting price for these services based on our research. Source: Finder AU


We help you get itemised funeral quotes

Be careful of funeral packages. Most of the well know funeral brands owned by public listed companies (InvoCare and Propel Funeral Partners) will give these funeral packages different names, but they usually fall under titles like ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’. Often these funeral packages are advertised and sold as a way to get you to pay more. So you may be paying for things you don’t need or want. That’s why you should always ask for an itemised quote.

Let’s get started

  1. Go to www.ezifunerals.com.au
  2. Register as a new Funeral Consumer, or simply login to your account.
  3. Select the ‘Plan A Funeral’ menu option and follow the steps provided in each section.

Once your funeral plan is created, you can submit it to multiple funeral directors and get itemised quotes on your funeral. Alternatively, if you need a Quick Quote, you can connect with Independent Funeral Directors by filling in a simple and easy quote request form.



About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

Our member Funeral Directors operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Australia wide. Thet are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.