A death of a loved one is always distressing, but when it happens either interstate or abroad the distress is compounded by practical problems.
The practicalities of the repatriation of a human body from interstate and overseas can produce many hurdles. After the death of a loved one you may ask yourself:-
- What do I do?
- Who do I see?
- Who do I contact?
- How do I communicate with people in a foreign language?
- What paperwork needs to be filled out?
- How long will it take?
If a loved one passes away in another state, Australian law states that the death has to be recorded in the state that the death occurred. The deceased can be repatriated interstate without the death certificate. Transfer can be arranged between funeral homes or can be organised by telephoning our caring staff at Holy Cross Funerals – 24 hours a day 7 days a week on (07) 3293 0555.
Overseas or International Repatriation back to Australia
In the event of a death occurring abroad, the death must be registered in the country where the death occurs. Immediate help can be obtained from the local police, your tour guide or from the nearest Australian Consul. Prior to travel it is a good idea to note if the country you are travelling to has an Australian Embassy, what the telephone number is, and what your alternatives are if they do not. (Reference site for consulates https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locations/missions/Pages/our-embassies-and-consulates-overseas.aspx)
If you are travelling with a friend or relative while you are abroad and are faced with a death, it is advisable to have as much documentation as possible about the deceased person and yourself. This should include:-
- full name
- date of birth
- passport number
- when and where passport was issued
- the name of the next of kin of the deceased person
Please note: If the deceased person was known to be suffering from an infectious condition, for example the Hepatitis or HIV viruses, it is essential that the authorities be told so that they can take precautions against infection.