Funeral Costs

When looking at the cost of a funeral,
there are generally two areas of cost.

Funeral Directors’ Charges

Generally, these charge are the service charge, after-hours services, non-standard equipment and coffin/casket selection.

A ‘Service Charge’ or ‘Professional Fee’ is the fee a funeral director charges to cover the cost of the services and items that they provide.

This fee generally covers the cost of human resources, consultations, administration services, supply of specialised funeral equipment, professional expertise, care of a deceased, mortuary facilities, vehicles such as a dedicated transfer vehicle or hearse, 24 hour transfer teams, ceremony coordination and facilitation, and overheads like electricity, insurances and OWH&S compliance.

The biggest difference between one funeral director and another will be the services they include, or exclude, from their service charge.

You may find that some companies will start with a lower service charge/professional fee, only to reveal that things that you would expect as standard are treated as ‘extras’.

At Frank J Siebert Funeral Directors, you will always receive an itemised schedule outlining our service inclusions so that there are no surprises. To see our Service Charge inclusions, download Frank J Siebert Service Charge

Other charges from the funeral director will be a coffin or casket selected from their range; cemetery equipment when not provided by a cemetery, after hours or extended time surcharges or in-house audio visual services.


These are services or items sourced directly from third parties.

At Frank J Siebert Funeral Directors, we charge all disbursements at cost.
We do not mark up the cost of services and items provided by third parties for a funeral service.

Such third parties services and items include:

  • cemeteries and crematorium
  • celebrants or clergy fees
  • venue hire fees
  • press notices
  • floral tributes
  • memorial stationery and orders of service
  • audio visual equipment hire and production
  • medical certificates
  • cremation permits
  • death certificate
  • musicians
  • mourning cars


Importantly, GST applies to the entire cost of a funeral.


I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you did for me and my family in helping us say goodbye to Dad. We have a big crazy Italian family and managing all our emotions is not always an easy task. You have an empathy and a sense of compassion that is truly comforting during a very difficult time.

Diane. June 2023.

Thank you for yesterday, it was a beautiful service. We have just looked at the Memorial Book and its absolutely beautiful - we love it. Memories we will never forget.

Toni. June 2023.

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so very much for everything you did for my family over the last couple of weeks. I'm so very glad that we decided to go with your firm. From the very first phone call with you, I felt cared for, and I know my Nanny felt the same way when she met you. Everything was perfect. Granddad would have been so proud of us and how we were able to still find laughter on the day, which is a testament to how comfortable we felt in the space.

Sarah. May 2023

Thank you so much for yesterday's lovely service to farewell Barb. I think that it went off really well and it was so nice to see her relatives there and old friends. The setting was beautiful - it could not have been better as Partridge House is directly across from where Barb spent all her school years at Woodlands Girls Grammar - now St Peter's. I am sure that Barb would heartily have approved everything we were able to do for her. Wendy, Marlene, Andrea and I met afterwards in the Holdfast Hotel for one glass of prosecco to toast happy memories of our fun times we had with Barb over many years. Again thanks to you (Fiona Talbot-Leigh - Celebrant), Peter, his mother and the other staff for a fitting farewell to a dear friend.

Priscilla. June 2021.

I would like you to know how very grateful we are for the very professional and caring assistance given to us by all your staff as we prepared for and entered into our last journey with and for our mum. Be very proud that you are maintaining a very fine family tradition on the highest order. We will not hesitate in recommending your company and staff very highly indeed. With very good wishes and sincere thanks.

Trish. May 2018.

Thank you very much for your exceptional services carried out in such a caring and sensitive manner for the funeral of our Mum. We were very appreciated of your help and guidance. Thank you again.

Naomi. April 2018.