“The Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2013 that passed the NSW Parliament has some positive amendments in it that will hopefully mean that there are some protections against price gouging by an industry that doesn’t have the best record in acting in the interests of bereaved families,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.
Would you pay $140,000 for a funeral?
“Daytime TV is overrun with funeral insurance ads claiming to provide ‘peace of mind for a cup of coffee’ but that piece of mind could end up costing $140,000”, said Antoine Mangion, CPSA Policy/Research Officer.
After regularly receiving complaints from pensioners about the cost of a funeral, CPSA examined prices for so called no-frills funerals in NSW. CPSA contacted 124 undertakers requesting itemised quotes for a basic funeral and/or the least expensive funeral they had on offer.
“The State Government has entered into the funeral business, by allowing Crown Land cemeteries and crematoria to operate their own funeral service. It appears to CPSA that this is simply a money-making exercise given that prices for the service will start from $7000,” said CPSA Policy Coordinator, Charmaine Crowe.