Who to Notify After Death

Knowing who to notify when someone dies is important, since you may need to inform certain government agencies or organisations in order to obtain certain benefits or services. However, at a time when emotions are running high, knowing what to do or who to notify after death can be confusing.

When the death of someone you love occurs, chances are your first feelings were of extreme emptiness or sorrow. However, you can’t give in to the numbing feeling of shock or sadness, especially if you’re responsible for executing the will or making the funeral arrangements. You have to take the necessary steps and take care of things.

Here is some information that may be helpful in guiding you as to who to notify after death:

  • Employer or former employer of the deceased
  • Home and Medical Aids
  • Blood Bank
  • Home Nursing Service
  • Home delivery services, e.g., Newspaper, Bread, Milk
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Centrelink
  • Government Registering Authorities
  • Local Government for Fire levy, Rates etc.
  • Credit Unions
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Banks
  • Overseas Pensions
  • Superannuation Company
  • Financial Institutions and Loan Companies
  • Religious organisation or church
  • School, College, University
  • Health Benefits and Funds
  • Hospitals, Doctors or Specialists
  • Accountant
  • Solicitor and or Public Trustee
  • Chemist
  • Companies, e.g., Directorship
  • Gardening Services, Meals on Wheels, Household Assistance
  • Dentist
  • Building Societies
  • Medicare
  • Motor Vehicle Registry
  • Telephone company
  • Electoral Office
  • Credit Card providers
  • Home and Contents, Vehicle, Accident, and Life Insurance Companies
  • Podiatrists
  • Ambulance service
  • Cable TV – Foxtel
  • Electricity
  • Rental Companies
  • Friendly Societies
  • Trade Unions or Professional Associations
  • Post office
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Clubs, Organisations and Associations
  • Service organisations – e.g., Red Cross, Rotary, Apex, Lions, Scouts, Guides, Zonta