Information on Burials and Interments in Victorian Cemeteries

Information on Burials and Interments in Victorian Cemeteries.

Victorian Cemeteries are Crown Land.

Victorian Cemeteries are managed under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 by a Cemetery Trust.



Right of Interment (ROI)

The ROI does not give the ROI holder ownership of the plot of land that the grave site or memorial site is on.


Before a burial or interment in a cemetery can take place a Right Of Interment (ROI) is needed. 
The ROI is purchased from the Cemetery Trust. 
The person who purchases the ROI is known as the holder of the ROI.

The ROI can be for a gravesite or a memorial site for ashes only. 

The ROI for a Remembrance Parks Central Victoria (RPCV) grave site gives the holder the right to arrange the burial (interment) of the remains of a person in that gravesite. 
At RPCV cemeteries the ROI is usually for the remains of up to three people and six cremated remains (ashes) in a grave site. Grave sites may be in a monumental, lawn or natural area of the cemetery, depending on what is available at the cemetery. 

All grave sites in Victorian cemeteries are for interment in perpetuity (forever).


ROIs for the interment of ashes give the holder the right to inter ashes in a memorial site in a garden, natural area or niche wall, depending on what is available at the cemetery. The ROI states the number of ashes that can be interred at any particular site. This can be between one and twelve, depending on the type of memorial sites available at the cemetery.

The ROI for a memorial site for ashes can be for twenty-five years or perpetual (forever). The holder of the ROI decides whether to purchase a twenty-five year memorial site ROI or a perpetual memorial site ROI at the time of purchase.  A twenty-five year memorial site ROI can be changed by the holder of the ROI to a perpetual site ROI at any time during the twenty-five years.

Memorials


The holder of the ROI also has the right to establish a memorial on a gravesite or memorial site in line with the regulations and rules of the Cemetery Trust. 


Memorials can be permanent or temporary. 

Permanent memorials include anything that is permanently fixed to the grave site or memorial site e.g. headstones, plaques etc.
All permanent memorials must be approved by the Cemetery Trust and maintained in a safe condition by the ROI holder.


Temporary memorials include anything that can be moved e.g. flowers, ornaments etc. Items must be unbreakable and flowers need to be in an unbreakable container.
All temporary memorials must be maintained in good and safe order by the ROI holder and meet the regulations and rules of the Cemetery Trust.


The regulations and rules about memorials on graves and memorial sites are to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors to a cemetery, to protect the environment and support the different cultural and religious needs of the wide range of people in Victorian communities.


The Cemetery Trust can remove unsafe items or items that do not meet the regulations and rules of the Cemetery Trust from a memorial.


We encourage people not to leave items of significant value at our locations as they are public spaces open to the elements and accessible 24 hours a day, things often go missing and we cannot take responsibility for any items left in our parks.


Further Information

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 and the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulations 2015 can be found on the Department of Health website https://www.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/cemeteries-and-crematoria

RPCV must also comply with other relevant legislation such as the Vic Work Health and Safety Legislation. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-health-and-safety-act-and-regulations


Remembrance Parks Central Victoria Adornments Policy can be found on our website. https://stage-rmp.s3.amazonaws.com/media/1916/adornment-policy.pdf

 

A guide to items that are suitable for temporary memorials is being developed and will be published on our website shortly.