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