Repatriation Services

What is Repatriation?

Repatriation is the process of relocating the body of the deceased from it's present location. Depending on the location of passing, the relocation of the body may occur by train, motor vehicle or aircraft. There are many factors that dictate the method of transport, for example, if the body must be relocated promptly (eg. for religious or cultural reasons) the ideal method would be via aircraft. In Australia, the most common repatriation services are domestic. This involves transporting a body from one Australian state to another. International repatriations are also very common, particularly inbound from the UK and Asia, and outbound to the Middle East and Africa. Irrespective of the location, most funeral directors offering repatriation services will have access to a network of repatriation specialists throughout the world. In order for repatriation to occur, the body must be prepared in accordance with legislation, as well as the requirements of the carrier.
For Repatriations in and out of Australia, a special casket must be prepared - which is why some funeral directors offer repatriation services, while others may not.

What is Involved?

When you hand the repatriation over to a funeral director, they will make all the necessary arrangements for the whole process. There are a couple of steps that must be taken throughout the process. The repatriation funeral director will be the provider 'on the ground' or local to the body of the deceased. They will make contact with a funeral director located at the destination to ensure the body arrives in the hands of a specialist. The funeral director at the destination will make the funeral arrangements, including the cremation, burial and any ceremony preparations. The repatriation funeral director will complete all necessary paperwork and liaise with the Embassy, police, hospital and the Coroner if necessary. They will also prepare the body for transit, transfer the body to the location of departure and see that the relocation occurs as smoothly as possible. They will maintain contact with you and the family at all times.

Which Funeral Directors offer Repatriation?

Below you will find a list of funeral directors in Australia that offer repatriation services. Their staff are trained to specialise in this area, and have access to a network of affiliated funeral providers around Australia, and the world. The major brands are a strong provider of these services, however some independent providers also have access to the necessary resources for this type of service. Most specialists will be based in the major cities, ie. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth. You should be aware that these providers will assist even if the body is located outside of their primary service area.

Repatriation Services Sydney

With such a diverse cultural mix, there are many funeral directors in Sydney that offer repatriation services. Most of the InvoCare owned funeral homes will offer this service, as will the TJ Andrews / Monkhouse group. Of the independents, it's really is a case-by-case basis, particularly if the deceased is to be transferred internationally from Sydney. Countries can have different customs, rules and regulations with regards to the preparation and paperwork required. If the transfer is to Sydney (inbound), most funeral directors will have the facilities to make the necessary arrangements once the body has arrived locally.


There are 19 Funeral Directors that match your search.

TJ Andrews Funerals

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TJ Andrews Funerals was founded by Thomas James Andrews, in Newtown. Initially, the services operated using horse- drawn hearses. Find out what they use now!...

Absolute Care Funerals

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  • 5-7 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, Australia

Absolute Care Funerals offers personalised funeral services. Every detail is unique and tailored to your needs. Find out why Absolute Care are one of leaders in independent funeral care in Sydney....

Elite Funerals

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  • 51 Canterbury Road, Canterbury, 2193

Small things like calling up friends and neighbours, accessing the best caterer in town or a visit to the local florist... these are things we usually do in a moment's notice. Consider selecting Elite...

Nelson Bros Funerals

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  • 237 Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria

Offering a high level of service and professionalism, Nelson Bros Funerals in Melbourne is a perfect choice for any family looking for a dedicated funeral home. Independent and family owned, Nelson Br...

WD Rose Funeral Directors

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  • Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Joseph Allison is a respected brand in Melbourne, which is why it is no wonder that the WD Rose brand is so popular with the local community. ...

Selwyn Allen Funerals

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  • Mount Waverley ,Victoria, 3149 Australia

With more than 50 years experience, the team at Selwyn Allen Funeral Directors know how to help your family during the time that truly matters. Specialising in Cremation, Burial, Repatriation and Memo...

WN Bull Funerals

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  • 164 King Street Suburb, State, Postcode: NEWTOWN, NSW, 2042

WN Bull Funerals is one of Sydney's oldest funeral care brands. Now a member of InvoCare, the funeral directors at WN Bull have been helping local families for more than 120 years. It doesn't matter i...
Metropolitan Funerals Brisbane

Metropolitan Funerals Aspley

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  • 782 Zillmere Rd, ASPLEY 4034 QLD

Metropolitan Funerals is available to help your family when they need it most. With funeral packages and pre-arragements available, Metropolitan Funerals is an ideal choice for your family....

Templeton Family Funerals

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  • 2A Carmen St. Dandenong, VIC 3175

Find out more about why Templeton Family Funerals is choice for more and more Melbourne families every year....

Le Pine Funerals Ferntree Gully

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  • 1096 Burwood Highway Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

Le Pine Funerals is renowned in Melbourne as one of the better choices when looking for a local funeral director. Read more about what Le Pine Funerals Ferntree Gully can offer your family....

David Lloyd Funerals

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  • 599 Pacific Highway, BELMONT NSW 2280

Every goodbye is different because we are all different; what we've done and who we've loved will never be the same as someone else. We understand that saying goodbye to a loved one at a funeral can b...