When a death happens overseas
Usually, deaths that happen overseas are registered in the country where the person has died. Information about what happens and what you need to do.
When someone dies overseas, it is common for family members to organise:
- bringing them home
- registering their death with local authorities
- claiming on insurance.
Usually, deaths that happen overseas are registered in the country the person has died in. You do not have to register the death in Australia.
During this time, Australian consular staff may be available to assist. Generally, when overseas officials learn an Australian has died, local police are contacted in Australia, who'll then notify next of kin.
If the deceased person has appropriate insurance, there are usually established processes for dealing with the death in a foreign country, and any repatriation expenses.
Depending on the circumstances of the death, you may need to:
- appoint a local funeral director, as well as
- an Australian funeral director if your chose to repatriate.
If local police or the coroner needs to be involved, this can cause delays to things like funerals and the issuing of an Australian death certificate.
Contact the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages to get information and advice on your individual situation.
Find out more about what happens when someone has died overseas at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.