Regardless of the country of destination or origin a persons, the death must be registered prior to departure in the normal manner with the local Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages. The local Registrar, once advised of the death, should also receive notification of the intention to transfer the person from Australia. In most instances three certified Death Certificates are required for the repatriation of someone who has died internationally and they are treated in the following manner.

1. One is for the airline and usually accompanies the airline weigh bill. This certificate is often kept by the airline for their records.

2. The second is for the Funeral Director at the destination to perform the funeral at the cemetery or crematorium.

3. The last is for the familys legal purposes in relation to finalising estate matters in their own country
It should be noted that for some counties a certified Australian Death Certificate may need to have a consular endorsed seal or have a complete translation to become legal tender in the country of destination.

It should also be noted that some countries require an international notary republic to witness endorse and sign a photocopy of the certified Death Certificate for it to become legal tender in the country of destination.
Details required to register a Death in Australia.

  • Full name of deceased
  • Male/female
  • Date of birth and date of death
  • Place of death
  • Residential address
  • Occupation
  • Is the deceased retired
  • If born overseas, date and/or year of arrival in Australia
  • Marital status
  • Place of marriage
  • Age at marriage
  • Christian names of spouse
  • Surname of spouse
  • Fathers full name
  • Father’s occupation
  • Mother’s Christian name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Mother’s occupation
  • Children’s Christian names and dates of birth
  • Name and address of cemetery or crematorium