New research into the costs of funeral services across Australia have highlighted the large fluctuations between different service providers in each City.
Findings of a new finder.com.au analysis of funeral pricing data, has found Sydney as the country’s priciest City to die in, with the average ceremony costing $8357.
It was closely followed by Perth at $7584, while Brisbane took out the third most expensive spot at $7505.
The cheapest city to organise a funeral in is Hobart, at only $6832 for the average service.
Overall, the average funeral in Australia costs $7449, although Melbourne and Darwin were left out of the analysis because of a lack of data.
According to finder.com.au, the findings were the result of analysis of FuneralPlanner data, which looked at the starting cost of funerals from over 25 providers. FuneralPlanner is an online website (owned by InvoCare) that provides customised quotes, only from InvoCare owned funeral brands. InvoCare is an ASX-listed funeral company that controls 40 percent of the funeral industry market with over 30 brands including White Lady, Simplicity, Guardian, Hansen & Cole and W.N. Bull.
However, in a report released from the University of Sydney Business School in 2017, analysis of more than 100 funeral service providers found that the average national price of a budget funeral ranged between $4132 and $5646 depending on whether buyers sought out service quotes online or directly from funeral directors.
Shop around and save thousands of dollars
Paying for a funeral is one of the biggest purchases we will ever make, yet most of us don’t shop around on service and price – we pick the funeral director closest to us, or the one our family has always used. Neither of these criteria tells you whether you’re getting good value.
eziFunerals online collaboration platform allows you to submit your personalised funeral plan to multiple funeral homes in your state. This way you can get accurate quotes before speaking to a funeral director and signing a contract.
Our members operate Australia wide including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. We work together to ensure that you and your family receive transparent information and the best possible standard of service at the most realistic cost. You’re in total control and will get peace of mind knowing they are supported by Independent funeral homes that are here to help you every step of the way.
So make the right choice and get value for money by choosing an Australian, family owned and independent funeral home to conduct the funeral.
eziFunerals is a free consumer advocacy and funeral planning platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime.