Thank you to our cemetery visitors and community for social distancing and keeping our community safe.

Our team remain committed to providing a quality and compassionate service during these temporary adjustments. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we deliver our services has changed to accommodate current health and safety requirements.

To keep informed on current government guidelines please visit: or call the Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.

Funerals / Burials / Ash Placements have a limited of 10 mourners plus funeral and cemetery staff.  Social distancing must be observed at all times.

The Sovereign chapel can accommodate 60 mourners in the chapel and an additional 30 people in our foyer area.

Outdoor social gatherings are not allowed at this time.

Our offices and staff are operating within the social distance requirements, this includes operating electronically.  All of our services remain open and available.

 To help you navigate these changes, please refer to the following frequently asked questions:

A loved one has just died, what is the first step I need to take?

 After getting in touch with a funeral director, give us a call on 03 5332 1469. Our caring reception team will assist you with an appointment time to chat with a consultant about memorial options.

 How do I organise a plaque?

To organise a plaque please fill out the relevant plaque form and email the completed form to us at  (please note: this is only the first draft, our team will be assisting you before the final design is ordered). Once we have received your form, a consultant will be in touch to continue the process. Plaque forms can be found under the relevant locations on our website.

Please click on the appropriate link below to access the locations and find plaque forms.

Burial Plaques:

Cremation Memorial Plaques:

Alternatively, we can email a plaque form to you. Please call us on 03 5332 1469 or email to obtain a form or for further assistance.

How do I collect the ashes of a loved one currently in Ballarat Cemeteries care?

 Give our reception team a call on 03 5332 149 to arrange a collection time from our office. Our office hours are 8:30-5 pm Monday to Friday.

 How do I select and purchase an Urn?

 There are many options available when selecting an urn.

To view our complete range please click on the supplier links below. Once you have made a selection please email for pricing and purchasing arrangements. Urns will take around 4-5 days to arrive once ordered.

Final Touch Urns

Anakie Pottery Urns

R.H. Minter Urns

I want to begin future planning, how do I make pre-purchase arrangements?

Our consultant team are available to assist with all future planning needs. To start the conversation about current options please contact us by phone on 03 5332 1469 or email To view our current locations, visit to watch a short video presentation on each area.

Can you help us with a records search?

Our records can be searched via our website at: Alternatively you may call us on 03 5332 1469 or email us to assist you.

Can I live stream a chapel funeral service?

 We are pleased to introduce our new live stream service available for all Sovereign Chapel bookings. Arrangements can be made through your chosen funeral director.

Can I live stream a burial or placement of ashes service?

 We are pleased to introduce our new live stream service available for all burial and ash placement services. Arrangements can be made when booking the service at the cemetery.

Can I visit a cemetery outside of attending a funeral?

Visiting cemeteries is only allowable for compassionate reasons or please use our grounds for your 2 hours of recreation a day.

Can we still use the cemetery for recreation purposes?

Yes you certainly can. Exercise through our beautiful grounds is permitted and encouraged.


Due to COVID-19, our Fruit tree pruning workshops are unable to be held in 2020. Please find below the information sheets we provide at these workshops:

Fruit tree Pruning Notes

Fruit trees – Summary of diseases

Peach Leaf Curl

Pear and Cherry Slug Control


Due to COVID-19, our Rose pruning workshops are unable to be held in 2020. Please find below the information sheets we provide at these workshops:

How to prune roses

Black Spot on Roses leaflet

Dealing With Rust Leaflet

Dealing with Scale Insects Leaflet

Aphids in the Garden Leaflet






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Commemorating the 100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

The battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk,...
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Celebrating 150 years and 150 stories of the Women who shaped and built Ballarat

This year, Ballarat’s New Cemetery celebrates its 150th anniversary when it was formally declared open on 10th June 1867. Today the Ballarat Cemeteries Trust not only provides burial and memorial services to families, but also actively promotes the importance of...
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Cemetery Fee Restructure – Ensuring the future of our communities beautiful and unique asset

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New Website

Our new website is almost complete, already easier to navigate and search records, we'll be continuing to add new content throughout April and May 2017.
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