Austeng was proud to manufacture Gungahlin Crematorium’s first publicly owned crematorium in March 2021 to  help meet the needs of Canberra’s growing and diverse community .

“We were also able to respond expeditiously and effectively to the ACT Public Cemetery’s desire to fast track this project given the situation arising out of the COVID 19 pandemic“ said Austeng Managing Director Ross George.

The ”Joule” cremator selected is a bariatric model which is able to accommodate oversize, larger and heavier coffins and comes with all the usual advantages of this high standard cremator.

A dedicated viewing room allows mourners to watch the cremation and participate in religious ceremonies.

Link to Gungahlin website

Joule Cremator


Canberra Memorial Parks

Devonport City Council (Tas) has used Austeng’s Modern Burial System to maximise land use at Mersey Vale Memorial Park.

See the full article by The Advocate 15/04/19.

Proceeds of the Orthometals cremated metals recycling program have been used by SMCT to deliver “Aidan’s Legacy”.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (NSW) is participating is an Orthometals program that creates the opportunity to recycle surgical metals remaining after cremation. Funds raised are being directed towards families using Eastern Suburbs or Woronora Memorial Park’s services, who have experienced the loss of a child up to and including 17 years of age, pre-term and stillborn children. This program is called “Aidan’s Legacy”, named after a 3 year old boy residing in Karinya Gardens, one of Woronora Memorial park’s children’s areas. The program also assists with costs associated to services which use our facilities of all children in our Nation who have passed without family heritage. The subsidy is provided to raise awareness for the annual pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day held on the 15th October and the Baby Lily Grace Awareness Day, held each year on the 29th April.

Read the full article SMCT-Milestones-Book-Nov-17

See SMH article Service for those who have lost a child at Woronora Cemetery for additional information on “Aidan’s Legacy”

For more information on the Orthometals Recycling Program see Orthometals Recycling Program

The AUSLITE gantry is here.  The next step in a ‘no lift’ industry.

There has been a growing awareness of the risks and responsibilities associated with the manual handling within cemeteries especially coffins and ledgers for some time now.  These risks and responsibilities are growing as OH&S legislation becomes more onerous, coffins become larger and heavier and there is a greater propensity for litigation generally.  Moreover, Cemetery Boards and management recognise that they cannot contract-out their duty of care to funeral directors, families or other persons while they are performing tasks within the cemetery site.  The challenge is that cemeteries have a diverse and challenging range of issues facing them from narrow pathways, restricting access, hilly uneven ground, varying height and width monuments and so on.

The use of the gantry minimises risk of injury to funeral directors, cemetery staff, and family members with the process also being seen as more respectful.

See brochure Auslite Gantry

See Auslite Gantry Demonstration

Austeng has finished commissioning a new catafalque at Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria’s Sacred Heart Chapel at Rookwood.

Rookwood Catholic’s New catafalque

Rookwood Catholic’s New catafalque

The Catafalque was custom designed into fit into an existing pit inside the chapel. The attendant can select a half lower function where the casket just lowers from view, or a full lower function where once the casket is at the base of the pit, wooden doors close up to seal off the catafalque opening.

See a recent article in ACCA News (Spring 2014) on Australia’s first Eickhof Columbaria installation completed by Austeng at Thorak Regional Cemetery.

For More information, see Eichkhof Columbaria




A recent Sydney Morning Herald article on how the obesity crisis is affecting funeral directors, cemeteries and crematoria alike.

SMH 3/8/14 – Obesity crisis takes toll on pallbearers

Austeng have a range of products including cremators and handling equipment specifically engineered to cater for the larger deceased commonly seen nowadays.

The “Creotal Cremator” is a small efficient and economic furnace especially designed and dedicated to the cremation for feotal and still-born remains.

It is consistent with the emerging trend of cemeteries and crematoria organisations offering separate areas for the memorialisation of babies and young children. Losing a baby as a result of stillbirth, prematurely or miscarriage can be a profoundly devastating and emotional time for a family.  Parents need to make many choices at this vulnerable time and we believe the ability to offer a customised cremation service can somewhat ease this burden.

Also cremation of such small bodies provides their own challenges and these units:-

  • maximise the remains that are available for collection and guarantee integrity of those remains
  • provide a more sensitive and aesthetic cremation process especially where there is a “viewing” involved.

See attached article in ACCA News titled King Edward Memorial Hospital – Pioneers in Perinatal Cremation & Memorialisation.

Creotal Cremator

Work has recently been completed at Thorak Regional Cemetery to replace its aging cremator and initiate a major upgrade to the cemetery chapel.

Litchfield Council became the responsible party for the day to day operations of the Thorak Regional Cemetery in 2008 including a crematorium and chapel complex. The challenge for Litchfrield was to ensure that the only cremator in Darwin remained operational.

Please see the full article from ACCA News Spring 2011.