4513 Funeral Workers

Funeral Workers prepare bodies for viewing and burial, arrange and conduct funerals, and perform other specialist funereal services.

Indicative Skill Level:

The occupation Funeral Workers nec has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Registration or licensing may be required.

    Tasks Include:

    • interviewing families and associates of the deceased to assist with funeral arrangements such as the selection of coffin, type of service and publication of death notices
    • advising on funeral costs and welfare provisions
    • collecting bodies from mortuaries
    • ensuring death certificates have been issued, burial and cremation certificates processed and that other legal requirements are met
    • preparing bodies for viewing and burial by washing, draining body fluids, applying padding and cosmetics, dressing bodies and placing them in coffins
    • liaising with clergy and cemetery and crematorium staff
    • coordinating the movement of coffins and funeral cars, arranging floral displays and collecting attendance and tribute cards
    • arranging the placement of coffins at funeral sites, and placing and adjusting floral displays and lighting
    • keeping records and accounts of transactions and services performed
    • may arrange the construction of memorials and the disposal of ashes


    • 451399 Funeral Workers nec

    451399 Funeral Workers nec

    This occupation group covers Funeral Workers not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Skill Level: 3

    Occupations in this group include:

    • Embalmer
    • Funeral Director’s Assistant