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Human remains

The safe and legal burial and the exhumation of human remains has both public and environmental health impacts. SA Health in collaboration with government agencies, local government and industry and professional organisations have created fact sheets to assist the public in organising burial or exhumation of human remains.

Burial of human remains

On private property

The Burial of human remains on private property (PDF 208KB) fact sheet has been created to assist the public with the safe and legal burial of human remains on private property.

It is illegal to bury human remains outside of a cemetery in a municipal council or a township in any district council. However, the burial of human remains on private property outside of a municipal council or a township may be carried out at the discretion of the property owner and the local public health authority.

Further information

Burial of human remains

Contact your Local Council Environmental Health Officer or SA Health's Health Protection Programs on (08) 8226 7100 or email HealthProtectionPrograms@health.sa.gov.au

Surface and groundwater

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on (08) 8204 1910

Exhumations & export authorisations

Where there is a need for human remains to be exhumed for re-internment or transport overseas you will need to apply for an exhumation licence from the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

The Procedures for exhumations and export authorisations (PDF 685KB) information sheet has been created to explain how to apply for an exhumation licence, the steps involved in export, re-interment or cremation of exhumed remains and provides a guide to the responsibilities of people involved; such as the funeral director, cemetery manager and Health Protection Programs (SA Health).

Further information

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