What to do if someone dies

Introduction

The death of a family member or friend can be a difficult and emotional time. 

This guide has information on what should happen after someone dies.

In the first few days after someone dies, you must:

  • ensure a medical certificate from a doctor or coroner is submitted to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office
  • secure the deceased’s property and assets
  • arrange the funeral and burial or cremation
  • collect a death registration statement from either a Births, Deaths and Marriages office, funeral director or remote health centre and submit it to the Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

Find out more information about registering a death.

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Last updated: 21 May 2015

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