Burial Services

Planning a funeral can be difficult during a time of great sadness. Academy Funerals is here to guide and assist all families in Brisbane to help make this process easier.

Regardless of what burial package you choose, we at Academy Funerals aim to provide you with an exceptional, caring and dignified funeral service while being affordable and considerate of your budget at the same time.

With their extensive experience in the funeral industry, funeral directors Ashley and Katrina are able to offer your family the best service possible in this difficult and trying time; by keeping their overheads as low as possible. On top of it all, we treat your departed loved one with dignity, compassion and respect. This is the kind of high-quality, professional service you can expect from Academy Funerals.

Academy Funerals can give your loved one a solemn, dignified burial service, taking care that every detail you request is carried out, while keeping everything within budget. We are here for you through this difficult time.

One of the major decisions a family must make when a death occurs is whether to opt for burial services or cremation. This decision may depend on a number of things:

  • Family tradition – whether or not the family has a tradition of earth burial
  • Religion or beliefs
  • The family simply doesn’t like the idea of cremation
  • In choosing affordable burial services, there are certain decisions you need
  • Whether to embalm or not
  • Type of casket to use
  • Where to bury the remains
  • What to put on the gravestone
  • The type of cemetery plot

If you and your family are challenged by the high cost of funeral services, we can help.

Despite what you may have been told by people or the media, it need not cost so much to have a decent, dignified burial for your loved one. As a family-owned Australian company, we are independent and are not affiliated with any other company. Academy Funerals is dedicated to providing caring, affordable burial services in Brisbane and surrounding areas, at a cost that’s kind to your budget.

Choosing a memorial burial garden or cemetery to help commemorate your loved one is an important part of the planning process. To assist in these arrangements, Academy Funerals can recommend the cemetery of your choice.

To find out more about burial funeral services, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Price Schedule (current from July 2017)

When calculating the cost of a funeral service, two main factors must be considered:

1. The coffin or casket. We offer a wide variety of caskets and coffins, with prices ranging from $600.00 to $15,000.00. Our median coffin price ranges from $700.00 to $1900.00. (See our Products page.)
2. Grave fees. In the Brisbane and southeast Queensland area, grave fees vary according to the type of grave or funeral that is chosen. Traditional Burial Cemetery Prices range from $1,980.00 to $15,000.00. If you wish to choose a Vault these vary in price and can be as much as up to $40,000.00.

To make things easier, Academy Funerals have designed a number of options for both burial and cremation.

These are fixed fees and include our professional services and the items listed within each option.

Please note that variances may occur if you wish to modify the type of coffin or casket that is included in your chosen option. Additional costs such as flowers etc are extras on top of the quoted prices unless they are mentioned in the option.

Please note that ALL prices are able to be negotiated with variances of product with the exception of Option 1 which is a fixed charge.

Consequently, the below options should not be viewed as the only choices available to families.

Please contact us to discuss options outside of these listed.

Following is the information for burial at the Cemetery of your choice.


A burial with NO service and NO attendance:


  • Our professional fees
  • Raw particle board coffin
  • Certificate of death
  • Goods and services Tax
  • Death Notice on our website and Facebook

TOTAL $3405.00 (Plus the grave fee)


A Church / Chapel and or Graveside service.


  • Our professional fees
  • A standard size “Plain Timber Coffin.” (Other options available)
  • Celebrant / Clergy
  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Goods and Service Tax
  • Death or Funeral Notice on our website and Facebook

TOTAL $4059.50 (Plus the grave fee)


A Church / Chapel and or Graveside service.


  • Our professional fees
  • A standard size “Colonial Coffin Silver Fittings.” (Other options available)
  • Clergy / Celebrant
  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Goods and Service Tax
  • Death or Funeral Notice on our website and Facebook

TOTAL $4554.50 (Plus the grave fee)


A Church / Chapel and or Graveside service.


  • Our professional fees
  • A standard size “Wood Grain Coffin.” (Other options available)
  • Clergy / Celebrant
  • Small flowers (Natives or Mixed Seasonal)
  • Small press notice
  • Memorial Book
  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Goods and Service Tax
  • Death or Funeral Notice on our website and Facebook

TOTAL $5546.70 (Plus the grave fee)


Grave fees are NOT included in the above prices as there can be considerable variations between prices for new and re-opened graves. There can be significant differences in prices between cemeteries or even between different sections within the same cemetery. In order to know the correct price, please contact Academy Funerals.

Monumental section may also require an extra fee for breaking concrete or employment of a monumental mason

As there are many options available to families, the above suggestions should not be taken as the only choice.

Choices are available within the following areas:

The quoted coffins are mid-range and movement is available up or down.

A larger spray may be obtained or the family may wish to supply their own.

Certified copy of death certificate
As the Death Certificate is required for estate purposes unless requested Academy Funerals always apply for one on your behalf.

Memorial Book
Many families do not wish to use this book; however, we are happy to supply if required.

News Paper Notice
It is not necessary to advertise a funeral, and over 80% of funerals do not appear in the newspapers, nevertheless a smaller or larger advertisement may be required.

Electronic Advertisements
With prior approval from the family, Academy Funerals will advertise the funeral of your loved one at NO CHARGE on both the company Facebook and Website.

There are NO size restrictions on the notice and all notices are E-Mailed to the family for approval before they are posted.

Research has shown that more people have discovered that the death has occurred via electronic means than the printed media.

Funeral Zone
Free subscription to Funeral Zone. A dedicated memorial site that allows photos to be posted by family members. Candles to be lit, comments to be left by friends. As well as a beautifully bound photo album

Order of Service / Bookmarks
Many families prefer to produce these themselves. However, Academy Funerals are happy to provide them if required.

Playing of CD’s
Most crematoriums and churches have provision for playing CD’s. Furthermore, most Crematoriums also have provision to play DVD’s

Live Musicians
Academy Funerals have at their disposal a variety of singers, Organists, Buglers and other professional musicians at their disposal.

Military requirements
An Australian, New Zealand and English Flag and a Medal Stand and a recorded version of the Last Post and Reveille. (Or if preferred a live bugler) as well as Poppies are available at all times for use by our service men and woman. Furthermore, we liaise with the local RSL Clubs to ensure that one of their members are available to speak and celebrate a poppy parade at the service.

Dressing and Viewing
The option for family members to come and spend some quiet time and / or dress their loved one is available at no charge. Frequently families elect not to dress or view their loved one. In which case, our trained staff will dress your loved one for you once again at no extra charge.

Catering at most crematorium and cemetery facilities can be quite expensive. There are other options available and we can make suggestions within the local area that may assist.

Our hearse is a modern white five-seater vehicle, with a wide bier for those people who require larger coffins. The extra seats are available for family members who wish to travel with their loved ones. This hearse is provided as part of our professional fees

Doves / Butterflies
If the family requests Academy Funerals can arrange to have doves and or butterflies as part of the funeral service. These are order by the number of doves or butterflies that are required.

After Hours Funeral Arrangements
An arrangement is when all the documentation is taken care of, crematoriums, Cemeteries, Celebrants, Flowers and all other incidentals are booked. Academy Funerals understand the importance and peace of mind that it gives to families to have everything arranged and under control. Consequently, un-like many companies we do not charge to come to your home or other place outside of normal business hours.