Pre-paid funerals

Contract

Before the customer signs a pre-paid funeral contract, you must disclose in writing: 

  • where and how you will invest the customer’s funeral money 
  • any terms or conditions that apply to the investment 
  • any administration fee or brokerage fee payable.

The contract must specify: 

  • the funeral service to be supplied 
  • any goods to be supplied in connection with the funeral service 
  • the total cost of the funeral service 
  • the name of the person on whose behalf you will invest the pre-paid funeral money 
  • the type of investment 
  • a statement that this type of investment complies with the Funerals Act 2006 (the Act) – see Investments below.

After you and the customer sign the contract, you must give the customer and any other parties to the contract a copy.

Investments

You must invest all pre-payments, except administrative or brokerage fees and any GST payable. The Act restricts investments to:

  • funeral benefit funds established under the Friendly Societies (Victoria) Code 
  • certain policies or investment funds offered by companies registered under the Commonwealth Life Insurance Act 1945, and based in Victoria.

You must invest cash payments within three business days, and other payments within seven business days.

Receipts and documentation

You must provide:

  • receipts for any money paid by the customer under the pre-paid funeral contract 
  • a copy of any documents relating to the investment. 

Register and records

You must keep a register of all pre-paid funeral contracts, including: 

  • the names of all parties to the contract 
  • the name of each person to be provided with a funeral under the contract 
  • the amount paid for each funeral 
  • how the pre-paid funeral money has been invested 
  • details of the funeral service to be provided.

You must retain the records of a pre-paid funeral for three years after the funeral service.

Last updated: 19/06/2016

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