Register a death

When someone dies in South Australia, the funeral director will normally register their death with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) on behalf of the person’s family or friends.

Deaths need to be registered within seven days of burial or cremation. There is no fee to register a death.

Information for doctors and funeral directors

Use the information linked below to ensure:

  • doctors correctly certify a death and notify BDM
  • funeral directors use the correct forms to arrange burial or cremation.

Register a death online – registered access for funeral directors
Information for doctors and funeral directors
Check the processing time for a registration

Adding court appointed guardians to the death record

People who are court appointed guardians at the time of a child’s death can apply to have their name included on the child’s death registration and certificate.

Funeral directors must advise BDM of the guardian’s request when they register the child’s death to allow time for the guardian to provide information to BDM.

Form – Adding court appointed guardian details to a death record (pdf)

Guardians need to submit the competed form to BDM along with:

  • copy of the Youth Court of South Australia court order
  • the guardian’s identification

Contact us

You can contact BDM by email, phone or in person.

If you email, select Births, Deaths and Marriages from the ‘subject’ list.


Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996
Burial and Cremation Act 2013
Burial and Cremation Regulations 2014