Births, deaths and marriages

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 funeral directors

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 552 KB)

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

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

Related information

On this site

Information for funeral directors
Death certificates

Other websites

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

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