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Can you afford to die? Funeral costs are soaring in Australia

Can you afford to die in Australia? Source: Getty
Can you afford to die in Australia? Source: Getty

Funeral costs here in Australia have been steadily increasing since 2011, and experts warn they’re only going to get more expensive.

According to the Australian Seniors’ Cost of Death report, almost all Aussies think funerals are getting more expensive year-on-year, with the rise in the cost of funerals exceeding the rise in the general cost of living.

A whopping 95.4 per cent of us think the overwhelming cost of funerals is an unnecessary burden on loved ones, with just under a third (29 per cent) of families needing over one year to recover from the financial hardship of putting on a funeral.

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“It’s increasing so rapidly and so much that people are just not able to afford most of what the funeral industry is offering,” one funeral director told Australian Seniors.

“So, they’re going for the cheapest things and then they’re floundering to make up the rest.”

Where in Australia is it most expensive to die?

The average cost of a funeral and a cremation differs pretty dramatically across the states and territories.

New South Wales is renowned for its expensive property market and high cost of living, so it’s not surprising it’s also the place where it’s most expensive to die.

A standard ‘middle of the range’ funeral, which typically includes the essential services as well as flowers and a chapel service, will cost you around $16,243 in metropolitan areas and $7,933 in non-metropolitan areas.

A cremation will set you back $6,188 in metropolitan areas or $4,926 in non-metropolitan areas.

Tasmania is also surprisingly expensive, with burials in metropolitan areas costing $13,148 or $7,845 in non-metropolitan areas.

A burial in the ACT will cost $11,771, while a cremation will cost you $5,534.

Where is it cheapest to die?

Standard funeral costs in the Northern Territory and South Australia are the cheapest.

A burial in metropolitan NT will cost around $7,000, while a burial in metropolitan SA will cost you $7,079.

A cremation will cost $5,000 in metropolitan NT and $3,646 in metropolitan SA.

Interestingly, burials and cremations in non-metropolitan SA are more expensive than those in metropolitan areas, with the average cost of a burial at $8,325, and cremation at $6,517.

Can you afford it?

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