The Australian Government has the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade known as DFAT. This is our Government’s help to the traveller abroad, not just in the matter of someone’s death, but in all matters of assistance to the traveller. DFAT has many functions but is an important help to both Funeral Directors and families who have had a death abroad. Firstly, most if not all countries have an Australian High Commission that manage diplomatic and Consular assistance abroad. They can provide local information in relation to the deceased’s whereabouts, links to local law enforcement officials and coronial facilities. They can also assist with translation, as often the first difficulty families have to face is to assess and understand what has happened. Most High Commission or Consuls aboard have local understanding about which Funeral Directors have the professional capacity to transfer a deceased internationally. Not all Funeral Directors in the world have the practical knowledge to facilitate an international repatriation and it best to deal with a recommended company who has a sound history and understanding of the process. Put here the link to Australian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, multilateral missions and representative offices DFAT will also ultimately approve and import permit given by the Australian government, to allow the deceased to be transferred into Australia. This import permit is usually applied for and given in conjunction with the High Commission or Consulate in the country you are dealing with and the Funeral Director consigning the deceased to Australia. It should be noted that DFAT does not fund for or organise international repatriations from other countries. They are there to provide practice assistance and help in the process. You must engage a funeral professional to help you in the process. Our best advice is to contact us here at Integrity International, so we may help you simplify the process. Because of our network of funeral partners throughout the world, we can often provide much quicker understanding and information about the situation. It is always a good practice to involve Funeral Directors around the world that have accredited memberships in funeral associations of the country involved. They are obliged to adhere to the high standards and professionalism of their Association’s Codes of Conduct and Regulations.