How to register a death

When someone dies in Tasmania the death must be registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages.  This is a requirement of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1999.

The details from the death registration are used to produce a death certificate.

Who needs to register a death

Usually, the funeral director registers the death, as their services include organising the disposal of the remains. If you are the next-of-kin or a relative of the deceased, you will need to supply the following information about the deceased to the funeral director:

  • Surname and first names
  • Sex
  • Date of death and date of birth
  • Place of death
  • Usual address of the deceased
  • Usual occupation during working life
  • Marriage or relationship particulars (place, age, full name of spouse or partner)
  • All children of the deceased (names and ages)
  • Full name of both parents (including mother's maiden name)

The attending doctor also needs to supply a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, stating the cause of death. In some cases, such as car accidents, suspicious deaths or deaths at home, the Coroner provides information to Births, Deaths and Marriages instead of a doctor.

Funeral directors online death registration service

Funeral directors can lodge death registration details online if they are registered as a prescribed business with the Local Government Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet (external link). All details are transferred directly to Births, Deaths and Marriages without the need to complete and lodge a hard copy form.

Funeral directors can also order and pay for a death certificate (for the deceased's next of kin) at the time of registering a death.

If you are a registered user please login to Funeral Directors Online.

If you would like to register for this service, please contact bdm@justice.tas.gov.au

You can get help using the online system from the instruction documents below.  You will need Acrobat Reader on your computer to open the documents.  To download a free copy of Acrobat Reader see Download Acrobat Reader (external link). 

Available to Download: Keying Instructions for Funeral Directors Online (pdf, 110.4 KB)

Available to Download: Funeral Director Online Help Sheet (pdf, 598.8 KB)

Grief and bereavement support services

We understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult time. You can get information about support services from the Australian centre for grief and bereavement website (external link).

You can get more information about what to do following a death from the Australian Department of Human Services website (external link).

Updated: 16th October 2018