Veteran Services

Our staff are experienced in providing dignified Veteran Funeral Services for past members of the Australian Defence Force who are entitled to include an RSL Commemoration Ceremony as part of their funeral service.

Our Funeral Consultants are experienced in collaborating with local RSL Branch Representatives to provide dignified, and meaningful Veteran Funeral Services.

RSL Veteran’s Funeral Service inclusions:

  • Australian National Flag, draping the coffin
  • Poppies – personally handed to attending ex-service and ex-service women and if desired, immediate family members, by a RSL Sub-branch Representative
  • RSL Commemoration Ceremony led by RSL member following the service
  • RSL Commemoration Ceremony occurs wherever the family choose to hold the Funeral Service (Chapel, Church, Graveside or RSL club)
  • Ceremony includes a reading of the Veteran’s service record and recital of ‘The Ode’

The Ode

‘They shall grow not old,

As we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn, 

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning, 

We will remember them.

All : ‘We will remember them.

The Last Post

‘Lest we Forget’

All: ‘Lest we forget’.

Rouse (bugle call) is played

Assistance from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA)

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs offers bereavement payments and assistance with funeral costs for eligible Veterans .

Bereavement payments are once-off payments to assist with any additional costs following the death of eligible veterans. One type of bereavement payment aims to help partners of veterans to adjust their finances after the deceased veteran’s DVA payments stop. The other type of bereavement payment is made in relation to a veteran who has received an Income Support Payment.

Funeral Benefit is a one-off payment, up to a maximum of $2,000, to assist with the funeral costs of an eligible veteran.

The costs covered by a funeral benefit may include:

  • wakes
  • memorial ceremonies or similar observances
  • costs associated with burial, cremation or other legal means of disposal
  • transporting the veteran’s body from the place of death.

If a veteran is eligible for a funeral benefit, payment can be made directly to the funeral director.

For further information:

Our Funeral Consultants can assist by providing relevant printed information and a claim form.

Official Commemoration

Official Commemoration is available to some groups of Veterans. The Office of War Graves provides memorials in Cemeteries and Crematoriums or at their Garden of Remembrance.

For further information