1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Funeral Director

Arranges and conducts funerals.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:
  • interviews families and associates of the deceased to advise on funeral arrangements such as the selection of coffin, type of service and publication of death notices
  • advises on funeral costs and welfare provisions
  • coordinates and supervises staff and makes funeral arrangements
  • collects bodies from mortuaries
  • ensures death certificates have been issued, burial and cremation certificates processed and that other legal requirements are met
  • prepares bodies for viewing and burial, by washing, draining body fluids, applying padding and cosmetics, dressing bodies and placing them in coffins
  • liaises with clergy and cemetery and crematorium staff
  • coordinates the movement of coffins and funeral cars, arranges floral displays and collects attendance and tribute cards
  • keeps records and accounts of transactions and services performed
  • may arrange the construction of memorials and the disposal of ashes
  • may provide specialist embalming services


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