4. Management of ACT Cemeteries

The Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services invites submissions to its inquiry into the management of ACT cemeteries.

The Committee invites submissions from interested organisations and individuals to its inquiry.

Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Friday, 1 September 2017.

The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

The Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.

Email: committees@parliament.act.gov.au

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in October 2017 to assist its inquiry. Please be aware that the final witness selection rests with the Committee.

Further information on lodging a submission is available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/Getting-involved.

Any further enquiries can also be directed to the Committee Secretary, on 620 50199 or email at: committees@parliament.act.gov.au.

This Inquiry has been completed and Committee report was tabled on 30 November 2017.

Terms of reference

Inquiry into the Management of ACT Cemeteries

The Committee is to inquire into the management of cemeteries in the ACT with particular reference to:

  1. Current burial and cremation practices in the ACT, including;
    1. Current and anticipated community and regional demand for burial, cremation and any other interrment or memorial practices in the ACT,
    2. Current and anticipated capacity of existing ACT cemeteries,
    3. Land management/land use and maintenance relating to ACT cemeteries including the identification of potential future sites,
    4. Tenure;
  2. The funding model for ACT cemeteries, including:
    1. Initial and ongoing expenditure for burial, cremation, internment and memorial practices,
    2. Current funding sources for burial, cremation, interrment and memorial practices,
    3. Cost-effectiveness and future viability of the current funding model,
    4. Comparative analysis with funding models used in other jurisdictions,
    5. The role of the private sector;
  3. The governance model for ACT cemeteries, including;
    1. Legislative requirements and current governance structures,
    2. The cost-effectiveness of existing structures,
    3. Comparative analysis with governance models in other jurisdictions, and
  4. Any other relevant matter.
  5. The Committee will present its report to the Assembly by the last sitting day for 2017.
Submission 01 - Woden Valley Community Council PDF (273.2 KB)
Submission 02 - Martin Miller PDF (1.2 MB)
Submission 03 - Peter Dinn PDF (281.0 KB)
Submission 04 - Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn PDF (510.9 KB)
Submission 05 - Weston Creek Community Council PDF (244.7 KB)
Submission 06 - John Kain PDF (179.1 KB)
Submission 07 - Ailsa Tony Lawton PDF (158.9 KB)
Submission 08 - Gary Shapcott PDF (115.9 KB)
Submission 09 - Emma Hawke PDF (97.7 KB)
Submission 10 - Lynne Bliss PDF (196.3 KB)
Submission 11 - ACT Public Cemeteries Authority PDF (502.7 KB)
Submission 11 - Attachment A - Terminology PDF (360.2 KB)
Submission 11 - Attachment B - Tenure Discussion Paper PDF (1.0 MB)
Submission 11 - Attachment C - Fee Benchmarking PDF (265.3 KB)
Submission 11 - Attachment D - Perpetual Care Trust Review Summary - KPMG PDF (442.9 KB)

View committee hearings transcripts

Past Public hearings

5 October 2017, 11:00am-12:00noon

11 & 18  October 2017, 3:00pm-4:00pm

23 October 2017, 2:00pm -3:00pm

Report 4 Management of ACT Cemeteries PDF (792.6 KB) Word (5.3 MB)
Government Responses tabled 22 March 2018 PDF (172.0 KB)

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.