Funeral Assistance

In recognition of the high mortality rate among Aboriginal people in Central Australia and the low incomes of most people, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has made available a limited amount of funding to assist people. Due to the high level of need, rules have needed to be applied.


The Funeral program provides financial assistance to constituents of the CLC to assist with expenses associated with funerals. Allocation of CLC funds received for Funeral  Assistance is subject to the guidelines and procedures contained in this policy document.

Funds will be allocated on application to the CLC by eligible persons for limited financial assistance under three categories outlined below. The allocation of funds to each category and specific limits amounts that can be accessed under those categories are determined by the CLC Executive.

 Funeral Expenses:

Assistance is available to off-set costs associated with funerals, specifically a contribution towards the costs of the casket and funeral service.

There is a limit of $1,600 (incl. GST) per application.

Approval process

An application is be made to the CLC in accordance with Attachment A by the close family of deceased.

The name of the deceased person is recorded on the application form.

Applications require the approval of the CLC Director.

A single purchase orders per application will be raised by the CLC for the purposes of paying a professional Funeral Provider for casket and service expenses. Purchases of items of individual preference are not covered by the funeral assistance program.

Note: Allocation of funding for funeral expenses are not divided by CLC regions because many people pass away whilst in hospital in Alice Springs.

Funeral fund application form here