Planning a funeral can be tough. But whether you’re preparing your own service or arranging one for a relative, knowing the costs involved is an important first step.


How much does a funeral cost in Australia?

According to the government’s Moneysmart website, funerals typically cost somewhere in the region of $4,000 for a basic cremation up to $15,000 for a more elaborate burial.



What costs are involved with a funeral?

Common costs associated with funerals include:

Funeral Expense 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 service (at crematorium) $600
Cremation service with chapel service $1,200
Celebrant $300
Family car $400
Flowers $200
Newspaper notice $200

*These prices are sourced from and are based on estimates given by funeral directors from across Australia and may vary due to a number of factors. We have tried to show the general starting price for these services based on our research.


Things to consider

First things first: there is nothing wrong with a cheap funeral. It’s important to remember that the cost of a service has no relationship with how much a person was loved or will be missed. In fact, heaps of Aussies don’t want an expensive send-off.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce costs while still having a respectful send-off.

  • Avoid peak times. Weekend services can be more expensive than funerals held on a weekday.
  • Choose a cremation. Burials are more expensive than cremations.
  • Reduce extras. Keep flowers, funeral cars and newspaper notices to a minimum.
  • Compare providers. Get quotes from various funeral providers and ask for price lists.



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 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

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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.