The WA Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to modernise WA’s cemeteries and cremation laws. This comes as the Cook Government states the two Acts have not been substantially updated since they were introduced in 1986 and 1929 respectively. The Government is taking feedback over the next three months from both the funeral industry and the wider community on issues such as cemetery redevelopments, cremation services, burials outside of proclaimed cemeteries and alternative methods for the disposal of human remains. Local Government Minister David Michael said the laws need to be updated to match contemporary attitudes towards after-death care. “Modern legislation needs to reflect community expectations, and today’s attitudes towards funerals have evolved since these Acts commenced,” he said. “It may also lead to greater choice in the types of funeral services available and greater consistency across the industry. “We want to ensure Western Australians can continue to access high-quality and dignified funeral services in times of bereavement.” Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the feedback forum comes from months of workshops dedicated to updating the laws to current standards. “This discussion paper is the result of a thorough and dedicated process that utilised the results from industry focus groups, stakeholder workshops and the work of the cemeteries and cremation Act review working group,” she said. The consultation is now open until February 16, 2024. The discussion paper and accompanying surveys are available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.