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Debt at a funeral: Most expensive cities to die in Australia revealed

  • Sydney tops list of most expensive city for a funeral service, at $8,357
  • Average cost of a funeral is $7,449
  • Consumers encouraged to pre-pay their funeral plan to save relatives from footing the bill

16 July 2018 – Sydney has topped the list of the most expensive Australian cities to have a funeral in1, according to new research from, the site that compares virtually everything.

The findings, which came from a analysis of FuneralPlanner data, found that the average ceremony in Sydney costs $8,357 – an enormous 10% higher than last year.

In second place was Perth ($7,584) and in third place Brisbane ($7,505).

On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest city for a funeral service in Australia is Hobart, at only $6,832 on average.

Overall, the average funeral in Australia costs $7449.

Further research shows that 60% of Australians – the equivalent of 11.2 million – aren’t planning to pay for their funerals before they die, leaving relatives to foot the bill.

Bessie Hassan, Insurance Expert at, reminds Australians of the financial impact that funerals can have on their savings.

“Funerals have been a part of our culture for thousands of years but unfortunately it’s not something we like to think about when it’s our own.

“With the average funeral in Australia costing almost $7,500, it’s important to think about who that cost would fall on if something went wrong without warning.

“The onus is on you to ensure you’ve considered the worst case scenario and communicated your preferences to your loved ones.”

The research also found that differences lie between the prices of burials compared to cremations, with Sydney topping the list as the most expensive place for both, but a $591 difference between the two.

“Burials are more expensive than cremations in Australia because of the ever-increasing price of land,” says Ms Hassan.

“When you factor in additions such as candles, celebrant fees and overcrowding in cemeteries, prices add up quickly and the cost could really impact whoever is left to foot the bill.

“Those who are concerned should consider prepaying the cost of their service or taking out a comprehensive funeral insurance policy.”’s funeral plans guide provides comprehensive information on what Australians should look for in a funeral plan or insurance policy.

Cost of funerals in Australia

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1Excluding Darwin and Melbourne


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