Funeral Industries

Funeral businesses must be registered with NSW Health to operate..  A local register of funeral operators is maintained by the Public Health Unit (PHU) Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) that forms part of a state wide database.

Funeral Business Inspections

EHOs from the local Council or the PHU conduct audits and inspections of funeral businesses and facilities for handling bodies.  Audits include inspection of cleaning procedures, waste disposal, viewing areas, fit out of a premises and storage of bodies.


An EHO from a local Council or the PHU must participate in any exhumation to ensure the exhumation is carried out appropriately and to ensure the deceased is treated with privacy and respect.

EHOs from the PHU provide advice on various funeral industry matters including private burials, transporting bodies, cremations and burials out to sea.

For more information please see the  Environmental Health section of the NSW Health website.