All deaths that occur in NSW need to be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 7 days of the burial or cremation.
Usually the funeral director completes the registration, but it is also possible for a next of kin or relative to register the death. You can mail the death registration form, or visit a service centre and lodge it in person.
What you need
- the death registration form (supplied by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
- surname and name of the deceased
- date and place of death
- medical certificate Cause of Death (issued by a doctor)
- disposal details from the crematorium or cemetery (cremation or burial certificate)
- order advising on disposal of the body (if the death was referred to a coroner)
- the deceased's personal details, including:
- date of birth
- marriage particulars (place, age, full name of spouse)
- children (names and ages)
- full names of both parents, including mother's maiden name.
How to register
- Call 13 77 88 and request a death registration form.
- Complete the form.
- Lodge the registration using the details on the form.
The death registration must be completed before a death certificate can be issued.