Funeral AssistanceSA

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People who have recently experienced the death of a friend or family member and who cannot raise the funds for a funeral, after all options have been tried, may be eligible to receive a dignified funeral through Funeral AssistanceSA.

To be eligible, you must prove all of the following:

  • The deceased was a South Australian resident.
  • The deceased was in receipt of a pension or benefit or was a low income recipient.
  • The deceased's estate and death benefits are estimated to be valued at less than $3,000 when liquidated (including property and shares).
  • The deceased's immediate relatives are not in paid employment or are low income recipients.
  • The deceased's immediate relatives have insufficient assets to cover the costs of funeral expenses (less than $3,000 of accessible funds).

The funeral must not yet have been arranged or, where a grant is sought after the event, the account must be moderate and not yet fully paid.

The funeral provided is normally a cremation service, except in certain cultural circumstances. If the requirements are for a burial, families may elect to pay the difference between a cremation and a burial.

The income, assets and liabilities of the deceased and their immediate relatives are taken into account when assessing eligibility for assistance through this program.

For further information call 1300 762 577 or visit the website

Last updated 30 January, 2020