According to the Australasian Cemeteries & Crematoria Association, National Cremation Capacity Survey 2020, the average annual number of cremation services performed in Australia as at 30 June 2020, was 110,372.

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Compared to the 169,301 registered deaths in Australia in 2019 (latest information available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics), the percentage of cremation against other forms of disposition of deceased persons was 65.19%.


Cremation Statistics – State and Territory level

The following breakdown is provided for each State and Territory using the data from the National Cremation Capacity Survey, 2020.


Number of cremation services currently performed (annual average) 

  • Victoria – 32,864
  • New South Wales – 26,785
  • Queensland – 24,010
  • Western Australia – 11,232 
  • South Australia – 9,937 
  • Tasmania – 3,724
  • ACT – 1,560 
  • Northern Territory – 260 


Percentage of total national cremations being performed

  • Victoria – 29.8% 
  • New South Wales – 24.3% 
  • Queensland – 21.7% 
  • Western Australia – 10.2% 
  • South Australia – 9% 
  • Tasmania – 3.4% 
  • ACT – 1.4% 
  • Northern Territory – 0.2%


What About Direct Cremation?

The coronavirus crisis is having a significant impact on funeral arrangements with the numbers of mourners being tightly restricted. 

As a consequence, we have seen a rise in the numbers of direct cremation. According to the Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2020, just 4% of the total number of cremations in 2019 were Direct Cremations. The report states that awareness of this alternative funeral option is still low, but Direct Cremation is becoming more popular year on year.

The Importance Of Ceremony

While Direct Cremation offers a lower cost alternative, some people believe that a funeral service is an important step in the grieving process as it helps family and friends accept that their loved one is gone.

Funerals are undoubtedly a very personal choice, and funeral directors are best placed to offer expert advice and guidance to ensure families can make an informed choice.

According to respected grief experts, the funeral is a necessary part of the grieving process. And while cremation is a popular option for final disposition, it shouldn’t prevent individuals and families from the benefits of having a healing and meaningful funeral ritual.

“People who take the time and make the effort to create meaningful funeral arrangements when someone loved dies often end up making new arrangements in their own lives. They remember and reconnect with what is most meaningful to them in life. They emerge changed, more authentic and purposeful. The best funerals remind us how we should live.” — Dr. Alan Wolfelt


Find The Right Cremation Provider

When it comes to funerals, shopping around is still the best way to ensure you’re being taken care of.

It’s a good idea to call around to different funeral homes in in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and surrounding areas to inquire about the prices for direct or simple cremation.

If you don’t want to speak to a funeral director before getting quotes we can help. eziFunerals has an online process that helps you request quotes and compare prices before selecting a funeral director.



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