MELBOURNE maybe known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, and for being regularly voted as the world’s most livable city, but new research suggests that while it may be a great place to live, it is one of Australia’s most expensive cities to have a funeral.
According to an Australian Seniors Series, Cost of Death Report (2019), the average cost of a burial or a cremation in Melbourne (metropolitan area) can vary widely.
To better understand funeral costs in Melbourne, research commissioned by Australian Seniors, listed average funeral prices based on three scenarios – basic, standard and premium.
The following average Melbourne funeral costs are provided for information purposes only. Funeral costs will vary depending on where you live, the choices you make and the funeral director you select. So it pays to do your homework!
A Basic funeral in Melbourne
A basic funeral is the simplest type of funeral and typically includes the essential services such as the removal , transport and storage of body, legal documents, professional service fees, budget coffin, cemetery/grave (burial) and crematorium (cremation fees). Optional items such as flowers, notices, memorial books, celebrants, audio visual equipment, mourning vehicles, etc – are not included and are an additional cost.
The research found that the average cost of a basic burial in Melbourne is $7,148, while the average cost of a basic cremation in Melbourne is $2,941.
A Standard funeral in Melbourne
A standard funeral is a ‘middle of the range’ funeral and typically includes the essential basic services, plus a mid-range coffin, memorial service and location/venue hire. Optional items such as flowers, notices, memorial books, celebrants, audio visual equipment, mourning vehicles, etc – are not included and are an additional cost.
The research found that the average cost of a standard burial in Melbourne is $9,587, while the average cost of a standard cremation in Melbourne is $5,650.
A Premium funeral in Melbourne
A premium funeral is a ‘top of the range’ funeral and typically includes the essential basic and standard services plus a high-end coffin, high-end hearse, viewing and celebrant/clergy. Optional items such as flowers, notices, memorial books, celebrants, audio visual equipment, mourning vehicles, etc – are not included and are an additional cost.
The research found that the average cost of a premium burial in Melbourne is $11,160, while the average cost of a premium cremation in Melbourne is $7,327.
Note: Prices are based on research commissioned by Australian Seniors and conducted by CoreData.
What is driving funeral prices in Melbourne
Funeral costs in Melbourne have been increasing since 2011, and experts are warning they’re only going to get more expensive.
According to eziFunerals, a reluctance from consumers to shop around and a lack on transparency in the funeral market is what’s fuelling price increases.
“One of the main reasons funeral costs are expensive is that consumers don’t shop around. Grieving families do not act act rationally when faced with organising a funeral. They rarely question funeral prices, and often pay more than they have to”, says Erceg.
And when consumers do decide to shop around, they are not aware that they are often soliciting quotes from branches of the same company, without their knowledge. ‘Although the names on billboards and advertisements are well known, the revenues and profits from them flow to corporate shareholders’, he says.
‘So, when looking for a funeral director in Melbourne, the first piece of advice is: “know who you are dealing with and shop around”. Shopping around can save you thousands of dollars’, he said.
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