What is a ‘right of interment’?
When you purchase a grave or cremation memorial, what you are purchasing is a right of interment, which is the right to use that particular cemetery plot for a burial, or for the interment of cremated remains.
The right of interment is defined under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic)(the Act). It does not confer ownership (proprietary rights) over the physical land. Instead, it grants permission to use the plot, subject to any cemetery trust policies or specifications.
The right of interment holder is the person who can authorise a burial or interment of cremated remains and the establishment of a memorial such as a headstone or plaque.