Funeral Worker (other)

Also known as Chapel or Memorial Attendant, Embalmer, Funeral Director's Assistant.
This occupation group covers Funeral Workers not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 2 years
Average pay $45,283
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 700

What does a Funeral Worker (other) do?

  • 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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Funeral Operations
Certificate III in Funeral Operations
Certificate IV in Embalming
Certificate IV in Funeral Services