The Funeral Services sector is composed of businesses and workers involved in the operation of burial sites and funeral homes, the preparation, burial, internment or cremation of deceased persons and the organisation of funerals.

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The following information is an insight summary of the Funeral Services sector from the Australian Industries and Skills Committee (updated 20 November 2020).


Employment in the funeral industry

Employment levels in Funeral, Crematorium and Cemetery Services have been variable, with a low of 2,700 in 2009 and a peak of 8,900 in 2019 which has been followed by a decline to 7,900 in 2020. It is projected that employment in the sector will increase to approximately 10,800 by 2024.

Source: Australian Industries and Skills Committee (November 2020)


Occupations in the funeral industry

The most significant VET-related occupation in Funeral, Crematorium and Cemetery Services is Funeral Workers, which make up close to 52% of the total workforce. Employment for this occupation is predicted to rise by around 10% to 2024.

Source: Australian Industries and Skills Committee (November 2020)


Skills needed in the funeral industry

The key generic skills in demand in the funeral industry are communication skills and being detail orientated, with Funeral Workers and Funeral Directors the top two occupations in demand and Invocare Australia identified as the top employer.

Source: Australian Industries and Skills Committee (November 2020)


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