Dedicated Funeral Director Phone Line: 5446 7980
Please call us on our dedicated line for funeral directors to speak directly to our customer care team.
Created to provide funeral homes with access to RPCV services to make cremation and burial bookings, assist funeral directors arranging prepaid funerals with families, and answer any funeral director enquiries.
General public please call on our main line 1300 266 561.
Current Status of Our Sites
All our sites are now open for burials, including Kialla West Remembrance Park.
With the recent high rainfall across Victoria and continuing wet weather, some areas within our grounds have become affected by saturated soils and the impacts of continued and prolonged rain. Please click here to read more.
RPCV strive for our memorial parks to be welcoming and inviting places for all people to honour and celebrate their loved ones. RPCV have a 10-day lawn mowing program to maintain lawn memorial areas to meet the expectations of our community and deliver inviting spaces for people to reflect and remember.
Due to the recent wet weather, the lawn mowing program has been delayed. RPCV are working to trim lawn areas as soon as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We are looking to add more resources in the coming weeks to enhance our lawn maintenance program.
Cremation & Burial Forms
Application for Right of Interment
Application for interment authorisation (Form 1)
Application for Approval to Inter Cremated Human Remains
Application for interment approval for interment other than in a public cemetery (Form 2)
Application to Secretary for exhumation licence
Application for cremation authorisation for deceased persons of known identity (Form 3)
Certificate of registered medical practitioner authorising cremation (Form 4)
Authority to collect Cremated Remains on behalf of Applicant
Right of Interment Holder
A right of interment relates to a specific place of interment within a public cemetery, for example a plot, grave, crypt or cremation niche.
For general information on Right of interment, please visit the Department of Health website here.
To download the Department of Health issued Right of Interment fact sheet, please click the link below.
Right of interment permit fact sheet
Determining the Holder
To determine the current holder(s) of the right, RPCV follow directives given by the Department of Health and Human Services, please click the link below to view the department issued fact sheet.
Managing a right of interment following the death of a right holder
Releasing balloons into the environment is littering and illegal in Victoria. As of 1 July 2021 there are penalties for releasing balloons into the environment. For more information, please visit the Environment Protection Authority Victoria website here.
Our function space at Eaglehawk is not currently available for hire due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Please see our COVID FAQ page here.
RPCV follow directives given by the Department of Health and Human Services, follow the link below to view information and fact sheets:
If the service is booked as public, no password will be required.
If the service is booked as private, a username and password will be required to view the stream. The username and password will be supplied with the authorisation certificate.
Please view our Code Red Bushfire Policy to understand the arrangements that will be put into place on a Total Fire Ban Day and specifically when a Code Red bushfire day has been declared by the relevant authority.
Please follow the below link to visit the Department of Health website:
Information for cemetery trusts about directions issued by the Chief Health Officer (Document is available for download at bottom of page)
Please see our COVID FAQ page here.
Cremation Service Types
To help you make a decision about the cremation services best suited to your needs, please refer to the descriptions below of cremation services available from RPCV. The Customer Care Team would be pleased to help you at the time of booking if you need further assistance.
DOU: Delivery Only – Unaccompanied
The funeral director to deliver directly to the crematorium via the middle internal road from the gate entrance off Victoria Street nearest Major Trailers. No family in attendance.
DOC: Delivery Only – Committal
The family and other mourners may attend a committal service in the Elaine McNamara Chapel for up to half an hour maximum, with the use of all facilities.
DOP-C: Delivery Only – Funeral Procession/COMMITTAL
The family and other mourners may form a procession from a chosen point along Jack Taylor Drive, following the hearse to the front of the chapel. A transfer trolley or pall bearers will convey the deceased into the chapel. A committal service in the Elaine McNamara Chapel for up to half an hour maximum may be held, with the use of all facilities.
DOF: Delivery Only – Family Farewell (No use of Elaine McNamara Chapel)
The immediate family may accompany the delivery via Jack Taylor Drive. A transfer trolley will convey the deceased through the foyer doors and the doors closed.
DOP-F: Delivery Only – Funeral Procession/FAREWELL (No use of Elaine McNamara Chapel)
The family and other mourners may form a procession from a chosen point along Jack Taylor Drive, following the hearse to the front of the chapel. A transfer trolley will convey the deceased through the foyer doors, and the doors closed.
P/Up: Pick Up
RPCV provide a pick-up service for transfer from the funeral director’s premises to the Bendigo Crematorium, at agreed scheduled pick up time.
SERV: Full Service
Mourners attend a service in the Elaine McNamara Chapel, for up to one hour maximum, with the use of all facilities. The Elaine McNamara Chapel can hold up to 250* seating capacity, plus standing room.
* Please note: Maximum capacity may not be possible with COVID-19 restrictions in place
The reception room is available for after service refreshments for up to 130 people.
- Please note that no alcohol is permitted on any RPCV sites.
- Function Centre Only Hire (refer to fee schedule) – specific booking times apply in 1-hour blocks
All functions must be self-catered.
For all chapel services please advise the Customer Care Team the following requirements: –
- Use of catafalque – yes / no? Back load or front load?
- Do you require an RPCV staff member to assist with audio / visual – yes / no?
- Would you like the service recorded – yes / no?
- Would you like the service live streamed – yes / no?
- Use of RPCV transfer trolley – yes / no
Collecting cremated remains
Following the cremation, the ashes are usually available for collection within 2 business days. Please contact our customer care team to make a collection appointment prior to visiting the office. If you need to collect the ashes earlier please contact the customer care team who will do our best to accommodate your needs.