Step 6 – Deceased Estate Administration Guide
Transporting a Dead Body in Australia
- Last Updated: August 2023
This step explains everything you need to know about transporting a dead body in Australia and if you should make use of a Funeral Director, a Licensed Transport and Storage provider for local or statewide mortuary transfers.
OverviewNow that you have determined the Executor or Administrator of the Estate and if any pre-arranged funeral, pre-paid funeral plan or funeral insurance are in place, the following activities need to be undertaken to:
- agree with the family that the body can be transported to a funeral home or licensed storage facility;
- decide who will complete the transport; and
- decide whether the family wishes to hold a viewing of the deceased after transportation.
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6.1 General Considerations
The Executor or Administrator as determined in Step 5 – The Role of Executor of a Will or Administrator of Estate is responsible for the transportation and disposal of the body.You will need to decide whether or not to engage:
- a Funeral Director for the body transport and storage only; or
- a Funeral Director for the body transport, storage and all related services including the funeral.
Based on Step 4 – How to Find a Will & Funeral Insurance Information you have also determined if any pre-arranged funeral, pre-paid funeral or funeral insurance plans are in place and have contacted the provider. The provider will be able to inform you of any specific requirements such as selecting a specific Funeral Director or any other restrictions on the level of service to consider.
6.2 Choosing a Funeral Director
- home, then make sure you focus on the body transport first to make sure you can transfer the body to a refrigerated storage facility and discuss other services in a second phase; or
- a mortuary of a nursing home or hospital, then you may have negotiated a bit more time to discuss your options with a Funeral Director in more detail including all services relating to transport, storage and the funeral.
If no pre-arrangement is in place, you should request two to three itemised quotes to compare prices.
6.3 Choosing a Licensed Transport & Storage Provider
If you are not ready or unsure about discussing all the services offered by a Funeral Director at this moment but are mainly concerned with the transport and storage, then a licensed transport and storage provider may be a good option.
However, please consider that you will most likely need to hire the services of a Funeral Director and the body will need to be transferred again.
You are currently on Step 6 – Transporting a Dead Body in Australia. Other steps of interest may be:> Step 7 – How To Organise a Funeral in Australia > Step 19 – What Happens to a Bank Account When Someone Dies > Step 25 – Claiming Life Insurance & Other Benefits
Actions and Decisions to Complete Step Yourself
If you have decided to complete this Step yourself, some actions and decisions may be to:
- Agree with the family that the body can be transported to a funeral home or licensed storage facility;
- Confirm the deceased person's bank can make payment from the account (see Step 19.2 – Can an Executor Use a Deceased Bank Account to Pay for Expenses?) or who will make payment until reimbursed from the Estate can be made;
- Contact the relevant insurance company or Funeral Director to enquire about the pre-arrangement, how it can be accessed and what the inclusions and exclusions of the plan are (see Step 6.1 above);
- Decide if you will use the services of a Funeral Director or a Licensed Transport and Storage provider where no Will or specific pre-arrangements are in place (see Step 6.2 or Step 6.3 above);
- Source two to three quotes for the body transportation from providers, if no pre-arrangements are in place; and
- Inform the family of the details.
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Cost & Effort
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Preparing: 1-2 hrs
Completing: 1 hr
Total: 2-3 hrs
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