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  • Aaron Burkin and David Clarke: “Contamination & Hygiene in the Workplace”

    David and Aaron’s presentation on Contamination & Hygiene in the Workplace will cover the following points: Infection and it’s control within the workplace;

    • Modes of spread of infection; 
    • Infection control procedures and precautions;
    • Handling infectious bodies;
    • Viewing of infected bodies;
    • Protective clothing;
    • Procedures for safe handling of spillages;
    • Disinfection of premises;
    • Disinfection of vehicles;
    • Immunisation and Waste disposal.

    Aaron Burkin:

    As a qualified embalmer who has owned and ran successful funeral homes in Queensland, Aaron knows what it takes to maintain your business and look for growth.

    He recently introduced the new “Hyqual Assist” directive which promotes training and safe operating procedures throughout our industry.

    Aaron is a big believer in the company ethos - “good old fashioned service” and encourages the same through all members of his team.

    Background: Previous CEO, Funeral Home owner, qualified Embalmer, 32 years industry experience.

    David Clarke:

    National Sales Manager Hyqual Australia.

    David has been involved in the funeral industry for 30 years.

    Throughout the years he has worked with many funeral directors doing funerals, mortuary work & transfers. David has also spent some time working with online funeral notices and the promotion of funeral businesses through social media exposure.

    In conjunction with the rest of our team, David’s knowledge, experience & passion for the industry has been invaluable in getting us to where we are today.

    Background: Sales, customer support, technical advice and support.


     Presentation & Video Recording

    The following links to the presentation material and video recording can only be accessed by CCANSW members and conference delegates. Conference delegates may need to  contact the CCANSWfor a username and password.

  • ACCA Mid Year Seminar

    ACCA conference picv2The ACCA Mid-Year Seminar is being held in Sydney on 31 May - 1 June 2018.

    For details, please refer to the attached program.

  • Another Update for the Sydney (Parramatta) 2018 Conference

    The update is for CCANSW members ony. You need to be logged in to access the document store.

  • Architectural Projects — Chris Brown, Glory Marble & Granite

    Glory Marble and Granite (CCANSW Major Sponsor)

  • Attention ICT Specialists servicing the cemeteries, crematoria and bereavement sectors

    The CCANSW is planning for its  next conference, to be held in Orange, New South Wales, AU, November 14th 2019. A key topic for the conference will be “Unearthing the Right ICT Tools. How to meet your requirements under Part 4 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013”.  The topic will be of immense interest to an industry working towards compliance with the relatively new Act and its evolving Regulation.

  • Australian Grief & Bereavement Conference 2018

    The biennial Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference will be held in Manly, Sydney, which is widely known as Sydney’s premier beach and will take place from 8-10 August 2018, with one day pre conference workshops on 6 & 7 August 2018. Hosted at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, this is the ultimate seaside venue overlooking beautiful Manly beach.

  • Beth Anderson: Rest Assured – A Pathway and Essential Interactive Guide towards Your Eternal Rest

    Beth Anderson

    Beth is a Pastoral Care Worker and the author of the recently published nonfiction book ‘Rest Assured’. 

    The book is based on her personal experience with tragic losses of immediate family members and through supporting others in their times of need. 

    Those experiences forced Beth to learn about all the practicalities, and has driven her to assist other people through similar difficult losses of loved ones. 

    Rest Assured is an interactive, light hearted, and very informative resource dealing with a difficult topic.  It is about options, choices and wishes, before, during and after your death.

    Throughout the book there is humour, personal experiences, extensive information and resources to assist in numerous capacities.

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    Beth  is currently employed as a pastoral care worker with Catholic Care for the Aged. 

    She has worked in the welfare sector for the last twenty five years, working in a Women and Children’s Refuge and a Coordinator of this service. 

    She has managed housing programs; a psychiatric rehabilitation program; unemployment programs and as a support worker for people who have mental health, physical or intellectual disabilities. 

    Beth has completed two Diplomas and considerable training and courses throughout her career.

    Beth has found her current pastoral work validates the need for an interactive guide and resource to start conversations about choices, wishes and options before our inevitable eternal rest.

  • Canberra 2015 News and Updates

    pavillion northbourneImportant Information about the upcoming Canberra 2015 Conference and Meeting

  • CCANSW & AFDA Joint Conference and Industry Exhibition update

    An updated program is available for the May 24th & 25th combined CCANSW & AFDA Conference and Industry Exhibition to be held at Wyong, NSW. Please visit the event page for more information.

  • CCANSW Announces 2021 Conference & Trade Exhibition

    The Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW is pleased to announce a  Conference & Trade Exhibition to be held at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee, NSW, Australia, on 27-28 May 2021.

  • CCANSW Announces May 2019 Conference and Trade Exhibition

    CCANSW will hold their next Conference and biennial Trade Exhibition on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2019 at the Novotel Sydney Parramatta, 350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150 and Rookwood General Cemetery.

  • CCANSW celebrates successful mid year conference & trade exhibition

    The CCANSW long delayed conference and trade exhibition was finally held during the last week of May 2021 at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach, with delegates and exhibitors from across New South Wales and beyond in attendance. It was a much anticipated opportunity to network with fellow cemeterians and participate in some interesting discussions about  topics of interest to all.

  • CCANSW Conference & Trade Expo- there is still time to register!

    If you haven't you registered to attend the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSW (CCANSW) Conference and Trade Exhibition, being held on 16 – 17 May 2019 at Novotel Sydney Parramatta, Parramatta yet, it's not too late. There is still time!

  • CCANSW Conference Update

    The next CCANSW conference will be held at Sails, Port Macquarie on 20 – 21 September 2018.

    The conference will feature two days of interesting and topical presentations and a cemetery tour. Planned keynote presentations include:

    Making your next grant application a success.

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    • A successful grant application can be the difference between a great idea getting off the ground or being shelved forever. In today’s competitive grant environment, it is critical that your application is well crafted and your ideas are presented in the best possible way. At the moment there is also significant funds available for investment into regional areas and infrastructure in NSW.

           In this session you will learn how to:

    • Maximise the chance of success when writing your grant application
    • Write a compelling business case to support your grant submission
    • Find funding sources for cemetery and crematoria projects.

    Optimizing technology to enhance the client experience in your cemetery.

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    The consumer landscape for cemeterians is changing at an accelerating rate. Through technology and growing stakeholder expectations, the old model of a ‘static response’ to our clientele is rapidly being disrupted. As cemeterians, we need to adapt and embrace this change or our existing business model will become redundant and irrelevant.

    We now live in the Experience Economy, where community partnerships and innovation are paramount. Our challenge is to align and integrate those aspects into our strategic plans and initiatives.

    This presentation invites you to evaluate your organizations’ agility to respond to these changes, and assimilate some innovative perspectives to enhance the client experience in your cemetery.

    • Dream it, Wish it, Do it.  Cemetery Masterplanning
    • Public Participation & Community Engagement
    • With a Changing Market & Customer, How Does Your Cemetery Thrive?

     At the September conference, you will have time to connect with colleagues and partners, share experiences and learn about new ideas and innovation

    Please visit the Conference Page for links to information and registration details.

    Conference attendance is open to all individuals and entities operating in the deathcare sector. We encourage and look forward to your attendance.


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  • CCANSW May 2019 Conference Update

    Sally Kennedy, who is scheduled to speak at the CCANSW Conference in May 2019 will  also be talking on behalf of Final Touch Australia. The subject of Sally's presentation will now be "Alliance and Product Innovation"

  • CCANSW May 2019 Conference Update

    Information, program and registration package:

  • CCANSW Media Release: Port Macquarie Conference Recap

    The latest successful regional conference held by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of New South Wales (CCANSW) concluded on 21 September 2018.  The conference was packed with information, networking opportunities and field trip experiences.

  • CCANSW Orange 2019 Conference Details

    The Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW (CCANSW) invite you to the November 2019 Conference being held 14th - 15th November 2019 at Mercure Orange, Orange, NSW.

    Conference Attendance Incentive:

    free business listingFinancial CCANSW Full Members are entitled to one free conference registration to all Thursday and Friday activities.  For many Full Members, all you will need to pay for is accommodation, breakfast and travel!  This incentive is a win for all members.  Affiliate and Associate members will benefit from having more of their clients and potential clients (Full Members) at the one event, providing huge networking opportunities.

    This is the premier and only event in NSW & ACT for the cemetery and crematoria industry.

    Thursday sessions:

    Will include a number of highly relevant industry presentations and a tour to Orange Cemetery:

    • ·Florence Jaquet: “The Psychology of Design”
    • ·Dr Maciej Henneberg: “Precise and Respectful Recovery of Buried Human Remains”
    • ·George Simpson: “Exploring the possibility of grave reuse in a way that meets family needs”
    • ·Dr Philip Bachelor OAM: “Cemeteries of the Great War:  Legacy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission"
    • ·Terry King: “Cemeteries as Community Use Assets”
    • ·Dr Kerrie Noonan: “Going Beyond the Taboos: evidence based community engagement around loss and death”
    • ·Cemetery Tour to Orange Cemetery.

    Friday sessions:

    Will include further industry presentations, the CCANSW AGM and EGM:

    • ·Katherine O’Regan: “Leading Advocacy”
    • ·Steffanie von Helle & Charles Latimer: “CCNSW Strategic Projects”
    • ·Unearthing the Right Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Tools. How ICT packages can assist cemetery operators in meeting the requirements of Part 4, Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013.

    — Introduction. Pamela Green:  “Unearthing the Right Tools”

    — Michael Williamson:  “Cemetery Management Solutions, beyond just the record keeping”

    — Neil Sherrin:  “Enabling World Class Cemetery Management”

    — Joanne Wills:  “Spatial Application of Mapping Cemetery Data”

    • ·Extraordinary General Meeting and Annual General Meeting: Updating attendees on industry activities and issues.

    Detailed information on speakers and topics are featured on the following pages.

    Networking Events:

    • ·Thursday’s Principals Sponsors Dinner: Join delegates at Racines, a fine dining vineyard restaurant.  Dinner will be held in the Apple Packing Shed, providing a rustic and atmospheric experience.
    • ·Friday’s Principals Sponsors Dinner: Join the party, with dinner at the Greenhouse of Orange restaurant.  The Greenhouse provides an idyllic refuge to relax, chat and celebrate with new and old friends.  A fitting conclusion to the conference.

    Cemetery Tour:

    On Thursday morning delegates will can join a coach tour to visiting Orange General Cemetery, a tranquil 

    place for quiet reflection.  The grounds are steeped in history, with the oldest surviving headstone dating back to 1854.  The cemetery has a historic monument section, which is now closed to burials.

    The denominational lawn sections include Roman Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Independent, Methodist, Uniting, Plymouth Brethren, Baptist, Congregational, Salvation Army, Bahai, a baby lawn and a Natural Burial section.  A number of the denominational lawn sections are also now closed to new burials and are only available for burials if allotments have been reserved.  The cemetery continues to cater for people with existing burial rights in both the monumental section and the lawn sections.

    Conference Venue:

    The Greenhouse of Orange private function room forms part of the Orange Ex-Services' Club.  This beautiful venue will offer guests a sense of space, light and elegance.  After formalities, guests will be able to take advantage of the private courtyard with subtle fragrances of fresh garden herbs.

    Accommodation Venue:

    Mercure Orange is located at the heart of the Orange Central Business District.  It is near many local wine bars, restaurants and quality shopping hot spots.

    The Mercure is part of the Orange Ex Services Club complex, the CCANSW conference venue, ensuring guests can enjoy the convenience of staying onsite, when attending the conference.  

    Optional Post Conference Wine Tasting Tour:

    On Saturday, should you wish to participate in a wine tasting tour, we recommend you book direct with Orange Wine Tours.  On the full day tour, you will visit 4 award winning cellar doors, have the opportunity to select cool climate wine varieties from aromatic dry whites to light and delicate red wines.  Full tour details can be located on the Orange Wine Tour website

    The conference will give members the opportunity to gain industry specific information.  Delegates will hear from and talk to leading industry specialists, providing you with excellent learning knowledge.  It will provide you with a platform to network with people who understand and identify with your issues and concerns.  Don’t miss it!



  • CCANSW Port Macquarie Conference & AGM Update

    The CCANSW Port Macquarie Conference, September 20-21 2018, is not far away. We have speakers and presentations about strategic & master planning, grant applications and more. All  to inspire and help you provide great customer service and make your operation thrive.  Among the excellent speakers and presenters we have

    • Tony Lorge, OpusXenta:  “With a Changing Market & Customer, How Does Your Cemetery Thrive?”; and
    • Steve Thompson & Emma Broomfield, Locale Consulting: “Making Your Next Grant Application a Success!”


  • CCANSW September 2018 Conference

    The September 2018 conference was held in Port Macquarie on 20 – 21 September 2018.