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Forever in your heart

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Poppy Service
A Poppy Service is available to any person who has served in the Australian Defence Force. They do not have to be a member of the RSL currently or previously. Poppy Services are provided as part of a Funeral Service free of charge. Get in touch with your RSL Sub branch or talk to the Funeral Service

RSL SA is also he Peak Body for NT & Broken Hill 

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Planning ahead

It’s true that planning for these eventualities is not an enjoyable or indeed easy process; however, the more thought you can give to these necessary arrangements, the easier you will make it for your loved ones. And in doing so — you leave nothing to chance!

DVA has a Planning Ahead booklet designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement. It’s available on our website or if you are unable to download or print a copy, or you’d like to speak to a member of the OAWG team, contact DVA for assistance.

Death of a loved one - Services Australia

What you need to do when someone dies. What to prepare before you die. Payments, information and help for grieving family members.

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State-based assistance

Some states in Australia have state-based assistance schemes that families can utilise.  Paying for funerals is expensive but there is help available to cover the costs. Other organisations that can help with funeral costs are listed here, please contact each state body for specific requirements for each scheme. 

ACT

The ACT Funeral Assistance Program is provided for ACT residents in financial hardship unable to meet the full costs of a funeral for immediate family members, Funeral Assistance | ACT Revenue Office - Website .

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW offers destitute funerals to those who are unable to pay for the cost of a funeral, and whose friends and relatives are also unable to help with the funeral costs. The service will be a basic cremation unless a burial is requested by the deceased’s next of kin. This is administered by NSW Health.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

If the estate can't pay for funeral costs and the family are unable to contribute, the Public Trustee can apply to the Coroner’s Office for financial assistance under the Indigent Person’s Funeral Scheme. Arrange for funeral costs to be paid - NT.GOV.AU .

QUEENSLAND

In Queensland, if you are unable to pay for a funeral, you may be able to get funeral assistance by applying to the Queensland Magistrates Court or the Coroners Court of Queensland. To be eligible you must have confirmed that no other family members are able to pay for the funeral.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australian residents who are not able to pay the costs for a funeral and have exhausted all other options may be eligible to arrange a funeral through FuneralAssistance SA.

TASMANIA

In Tasmania, the Department of Health and Human Services manages a publicly funded direct cremation. The Essential Care Funeral Policy can arrange for the funeral and cover costs for a person whose estate and relatives are unable to pay for one.

VICTORIA

Victorians experiencing financial hardship can still give loved ones an inexpensive and dignified funeral. Bereavement assistance - DFFH Services.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Bereavement Assistance Program provides assistance to people who are unable to pay for the cost of a funeral. Applicants must also show that family are not able to meet the costs. 

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