1. What cemeteries does the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust manage?
    The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) operates 18 cemeteries across north, east and west of Melbourne

  2. How are cemeteries funded?
    As a Class A Cemetery Trust, the GMCT receives no government funding and relies on the sale of burial plots to fund maintenance and development of its locations

  3. Why was the GMCT established?
    The GMCT was formed to ensure the on-going financial viability of the cemeteries it runs while maintaining a community focus. This will help build a sustainable cemetery sector for the future.
  4. Who owns the grave?
    All graves are vested as Crown Reserve land. Instead of purchasing the grave outright, individuals purchase the right to use the grave in perpetuity.  This is referred to as the Right of Interment. This also includes the the right to establish a memorial or monument on the grave site

  5. Who maintains the cemetery grounds and memorials?
    The GMCT is responsible for maintaining the overall cemetery grounds and facilities
    The Right of Interment holder is is responsible for maintaining memorials
    This means that maintaining a well presented cemetery is a partnership between the GMCT and the community

  6. What grounds maintenance does the GMCT do?
    The GMCT has 100 full time equivalent staff employed to do grounds and maintenance work across its locations.
    - Lawn mowing: Lawns are mown on a regular rotational basis
    - Grave top-ups: This occurs at all cemeteries over time as the earth settles following the burial; it occurs faster after periods of moderate-heavy rain
    - Gardens and water features up-keep: A team of gardeners looks after the GMCT gardens taking out weeds and planting fresh flowers
    - Facilities maintenance: Mausolea, public toilets and car parks are regularly maintained to ensure positive customer experience

  7. What other services does the GMCT offer?
    Flowers can be purchased at selected GMCT locations. There are also catering venues available to meet the needs of our diverse communities

  8. Can I contact a cemetery about my own or a relative's funeral?
    Yes -while many people work with a funeral director, it is possible to have a family directed funeral

  9. Does the GMCT cater for different religious and cultural groups?
    GMCT staff have a great deal of experience meeting the needs of Melbourne's diverse community. Many of our cemeteries have sections for various faiths and communities. We are in regular contact with religious leaders about their community's specific end of life requirements.

  10. What is the GMCT doing for the environment?
    The GMCT is committed to increasing our sustainability and in developing environmentally friendly burial and end of life options. We have completed an Environment Management Plan and monitor the emissions from our cremators regularly and are well within EPA requirements. We are also undertaking research into emerging green options.

  11. How can I provide feedback to the GMCT?
    Feedback regarding any of the GMCT's locations can be emailed or provided in person to the reception staff.
    An online customer experience survey is also available

  12. Where can I find additional information on The GMCT and the Victorian Cemetery Industry?