Austeng is one of the successful recipients of a grant pursuant to the State Government’s Hydrogen Business Ready Fund, setting us up to play a lead role in showing how renewable hydrogen can reduce the environmental impact of the cremation process, via a feasibility study and a prototype demonstration model. It is hoped that ultimately the technology can then be rolled out to other types of fuel furnaces to enable uses to transition to renewable energy.
Watch this space !

Thanks also to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust for their support with this application and project.

For more details, please read this Geelong Advertiser article or this article featured in Stockhead

Hydrogen Burner

Ross George, Lyn George and Frank de Groot with a burner that will be powered by hydrogen


Hydrogen Burner

Ross George and Frank de Groot with burner



The latest “Joule” is made in Australia and is packed with unique and innovative features that will ensure it continues to set the standards against which all other designs are measured.

The “Joule” Cremator has undergone several changes since its introduction, but a common thread links every stage of its development – INNOVATION.



The “Joule” is cost effective. It’s high throughput, low fuel usage and low labour input means the “Joule” Cremators have the lowest unit cost of any furnace in the industry while simultaneously meeting the most stringent emission guidelines. Its comprehensive control system ensures optimum performance without the need of manual intervention at any stage.

Fuel Efficiency

The secondary combustion zone optimises thermal efficiency thus reducing fuel consumption and heat up time. The “Joule” Cremator is unique in incorporating a secondary combustion zone “wrapped around” the primary chamber therefore minimal fuels required while maintaining the secondary zone at the 850°C if required.

The “Joule” Cremator provides compact design whilst maintaining full 2 seconds retention time.


An atomised water mist injector system protects the operator during charging.

The “Joule” cremator improves process control and provides improved safety during emergency shut down.

The computerized control system also incorporates numerous self-checking and
safety features to protect both the operator and the plant.

Time Taken

Cremation time averages 70 minutes

Pollution Control

The “Joule” cremators comply with the stringent anti-pollution requirements present in Europe. Multi element waste gas sampling also improves reliability and accuracy of waste gas emission monitoring equipment.

Ease of Control

The computerized control system is easy to operate. There is no need for the operator to be an “expert’ in the area of computers.

Training – Case study

Recent staff training undertaken by Austeng at Thorak Regional Cemetery, Darwin NT.

General Comments:

Awesome training”

“Makes cremator operations a breeze”

“We like the way Tim simplified the whole cremation operation, it left us feeling secure that Austeng is there to assist at any time”

Comments regarding the best learning outcomes:

“It became clear the cremator unit itself is robust, safe and built for most situations we could throw at it”

“Knowing the outside generator can take over the cremation operation in we lose power in the middle of the process; conversely; knowing its ok if we lose power during a cremation and we turn everything off, that’s ok too, the cremator will take care of things.”

“Raking time is variable, depending of the different circumstances”

“New short cuts”

Comments from participants when asked for other general comments to the training experience:

“The laminated A3 process chart is a great operator reminder sheet to attach to the crematory wall”

Oversized joule Cremator with rotating top Auto Charge Bier and Cool Room, Gungahlin Crematorium Canberra


Oversize Joule Cremators at Rookwood General Crematorium (which is owned and operated by Invocare Australia Pty. Ltd.)

Front View of Joule Cremator at Catholic Cemetery Trust, Necropolis in Sydney Australia

Side View of Joule Cremator at Catholic Cemetery Trust, Necropolis in Sydney Australia

View of Joule Cremator at Waikumete Crematorium, Auckland New Zealand

View of Creotal Cremator installed at Manchester Crematorium, United Kingdom

Front view of Newton Mk V cremator at City of Brisbane Australia

Two Newton Cremator units at Macquarie Park, Sydney Australia

Front view of Mk V units at Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, Perth Australia

New Plymouth, New Zealand – front load / front rake unit.

Recent leading edge catafalque designs demonstrate how catafalque function can be modified in innovative and flexible ways to operate in new contexts.


At the end of 2015 Austeng manufactured and installed a new catafalque for Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria’s Sacred heart Chapel at Rookwood Catholic.

This fixed catafalque was custom designed to fit into an existing pit inside the timber lined 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, timber doors close up to seal off the catafalque opening.

One of the engineering challenges was the chapel and crematorium are on different floor levels with about 2.7m height difference.  Once the service concludes the casket is again raised up and transferred via a transport trolley to a lift that conveys the casket to the crematorium below.  From there the casket is transported via a transport trolley to a cool room or directly to the cremator charge bier.  This results in successfully overcoming all of the inherent manual handling challenges.



Recent extensive building works at Bunurong Memorial Park, Sandhurst have culminated in a number of reflection spaces/function rooms that can accommodate multiple community needs rather than those simply relating to traditional funeral/memorial services.

In line with this context, the specification for the three catafalques from the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) included not only requirements relating to leading edge innovative design and operability but also full portability whilst embodying the highest aesthetic considerations.  During the consultation process, Austeng were also able to offer rendered concept images and  operational sequencing animations of innovative and unusual catafalque shapes (such as ellipsoid and cylindrical) to assist in the Cemetery Board’s consideration of alternative designs.

Three battery powered catafalques were manufactured with portability provided via a battery powered tow tug.  The patterned, forged glass extends upwards and provides additional screening of the casket during committal as well as providing a sense of occasion and a tangible sense of finality/interment for the mourners.

An easy to use remote control allows automated platform and glass raising/lowering sequencing.  Fault detection and battery status indicators are incorporated in the remote handset.

Phil Snow SMCT Bunurong Project Manager commented “…the portability aspect adds to the versatility of our spaces.  Also they are aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to operate.  many funeral directors commented positively on their versatility and appearance at the Opening Day”.


Victoria Police commissioned Austeng to design and manufacture a custom coffin presentation trolley for use in ceremonial funeral services for past/present Victoria Police members.

A sleek mobile timber box with integrated coffin roller deck is embellished with ‘Police Blue’ glass inserts and Bronze Victoria Police Emblems.

In consultation with members of the funeral and cremation industry we have developed a module that provides an efficient, ergonomic, worker friendly system to utilize the full capacity of any transfer van. This helps to minimize the risk of back injury and assists compliance with health and safety regulations and requirements. Other advantages include its appearance, (neat and clean), easy to wash as well as its durability.

There are many vans in circulation in the Eastern States of Australia. The equipment therefore is proven and reliable in the field and the industry can reap the benefits of the development work Austeng has carried out with the funeral industry over the last year and a half. The most recent transfer van set-ups incorporate modifications to further improve its operation and efficiency.

The concept of the equipment is a fixed height roller bed attached to the floor of the van. An elevating roller bend travels between the floor level and 2/3 height of the internal van space. The elevating platform will stop and lock in any position. Cut outs around the wheel arches with hinged flaps ensure the top deck can be fully utilized, when raised. The lift system is hydraulic and “phased” cylinders are used to ensure the platforms always lift and hold square and evenly.

The broad specifications are:

  • Capacity – 4 coffins or equivalent (two on floor of van and two on elevating platform)
  • Loading – Elevating platform 250 kg SWL. Loadings on lower deck are limited only to the vehicles structure
  • Elevating Platform – approximately useable length 2200mm fitted with five rollers on each side. Construction is smooth with no awkward corners for ease of cleaning.
  • Fixed Platform – five rollers on each side with space under for trolleys

Other features:

  • Stainless steel “kick bar” on rear bumper
  • Two curtains on rear of vehicle
  • One side curtain
  • Complete seal behind driver
  • Removable vinyl bumper pads at front
  • Shelves at front of vehicle
  • Internal side walls will be finished in timber, clad with carpet to full height

Please see a video of our hydraulic Transfer Van deck in operation HERE.


Dual Fixed Deck

Fixed Deck

Refrigerated Van

The Auslite gantry is the next step towards a a’no lift’ cemetery services industry.

Austeng and Lite Industries have collaborated to develop the Auslite gantry to address the risks of manual handling of coffins and monumental ledgers.  Risk of injury to funeral directors, cemetery staff and family members is reduced by use of the gantry.

The gantry provides a safe means of handling and maneuvering coffins and ledgers at the grave site and is especially useful when coffins need to be dipped during lowering over a monument.  Additional uses of the gantry include exhumation or attachment of safety harnesses for staff working within grave excavations.

The gantry is modular, lightweight, easily transportable and can come in a variety of finishes.  A dual battery powered hoist arrangement with remote control allows coffins and ledgers to be easily handled is a safe and controlled manner.  For coffin interment, quick-release clips allow the lowering straps to be detached without entering the grave.

The gantry has been engineered to meet all relevant National Lifting Codes and Safety Regulations.

See ACCA NEWS WINTER 2017 for additional details.

Auslite Gantry

Auslite Gantry

Coffin Tilted

Auslite Gantry

The Austeng Automatic Charge Bier is designed to take all the heavy manual handling of coffins away from the Cremator operator. It is also specifically set-up to ensure your staff are more than 2 metres away from the Cremator especially when the Charge Door is open.

Our Automatic Charge Bier therefore represents the latest in compliance with all Occupational Health and Safety legislation and improved productivity and risk reduction. It will handle the largest coffins with ease. Austeng guarantees our automated charge bier is a one person operation even when handling very heavy coffins.

The Austeng Automated Charge Bier has powered travel on a fixed rail along the front of the Cremator. Our unit automatically stops in front of the cremator. The PLC Controller in the Charge Bier provides repeat and accurate positioning so misalignments of coffins with the charge door a “thing-of-the-past”.

Our units are mains powered connected by ceiling mounted catenaries. The 415 Volt power ensures sufficient motive force is always available even for the largest coffin. A floor mounted rail running parallel to the cremator unit guarantees alignment during the charging process.

The nature of our Auto Charge Bier is its flexibility, they can be loaded from the front or rear.  Austeng’s Charge Bier has a significant advantage over its competitors, being a fully automatic machine.

Austeng Automated Charge Bier is designed to load or unload from your cool rooms or your coffin trolleys.

Austeng have also manufactured alternative designs including variable height 90 degree loading and battery operated.  The selection will finally depend on layout of the Furnace room.

See an  Austeng Auto Charge Bier in operation

The new approach to interment that significantly increases cemetery revenue. The Modern Burial comprises a series of underground interlocking precast concrete crypts. Lawn is grown over the crypts and a patented lid lifting machine removes the lid and the overlay of lawn when a crypt is ready for a burial. This system can offer significant savings in land use, labour, equipment, grounds maintenance costs and storage facilities as well as an increase in revenue and the ability to return cemetery grounds to their pre-burial conditions. It can also be used in areas where the traditional burial process is difficult if not impossible e.g. rocky areas, where there is a high water table or in sandy soils. Sections of existing parts of cemeteries once thought unsuitable for burials can now be utilised. Advantages over traditional burial process include:

  • Quicker and more efficient – Actual interment time is quicker, (one hour turn-around)
  • Greater land utilisation – Up to 60% more than traditional methods
  • Safety advantages – Eliminates need for grave shoring
  • Flexibility – Allows installation in any soil type
  • Aesthetically pleasing – Clean and tidy with no excavation mess
  • Long term advantages – Makes grave re-use and maintenance easier
  • Significantly increases revenue – The above factors will result in greater revenue for your cemetery

This is a revolutionary system with substantial year-on-year savings for those organisations that have made the investment in pre-laid crypts. A detailed financial analysis can be provided up on request to outline these savings.

See images of the MBS Lid Lifters here Modern Burial System Video


Geopolymer material can be used as an alternative to conventional concrete made from Ordinary Portland Cement (“OPC”). The provides significant environmental benefits including:- CO² emissions

  • Significant savings on CO² emissions created during the production of OPC.


  • One of the main ingredients of geopolymer material is fly-ash, a waste product from coal – fired power stations.

Material advantages

  • Offers comparable strength, durability and chemical resistance to that of conventional concrete.


See The Advocate article “Crypt system at Mersey Vale memorial park sets graves closer to maximise land use” (The Advocate 15/04/19)

See ACCA News article “Formal Opening of Cedar Lawn at Woronora General Cemetery” – using Modern Burial System. (ACCA News – Spring 2013)


Any queries please email or phone Ross George on 03 5278 2044.

Modern Burial Systems

Cedar Lawn Cemetery (Woronora NSW) Completed in 2013

Cedar Lawn Cemetery (Woronora NSW) Completed in 2013


Grave Stones


CALLIOPE (QLD) Completed in 2009

CALLIOPE (QLD) Completed in 2009

Custom Built & Pre assembled Columbaria.

The next exciting step in columbaria design.

  • your new columbaria design is only limited by your imagination
  • with unique concealed & locking fasteners for marble niche fronts
  • provides a dignified and respectful interment (front is easily removed)

Please find below links to Youtube videos featuring Eickhof products.

See attached a copy of an article from ACCA news (Spring 2014) on Australia’s first Eickhof Columbaria installed in Darwin.

Contact us if you have any queries or would like a quote.
Ph: 5278 2044

Eickhof Logo

In cooperation with Eickhof Columbaria, US.



The major advantage of our Ash Processor is that the ash container is inserted under the machine so that the ashes discharge directly into the standard ash container via a special built-in vacuum device. Accordingly, there is no requirement to transfer the ashes and no escape of dust into the surrounding area.

Features of the Austeng Ash Processor

  • No double handling
  • Dust free operation
  • Health and safety advantages especially regarding the handling of radioactive remains
  • Light but strong construction
  • Portable
  • Not essential to pre-separate nails and other metal objects


The Ash Processor is purpose-built to suit the client’s choice of ash container

Width:     700mm
Depth:     950mm
Height:     1250mm
Finish:     Colour coated mild steel panels

The finished unit need only be plugged into a standard single phase 10 amp socket.

Fully inclusive of collection tin if required and magnetic wand.


The “Creotal Cremator” is a small efficient and economic furnace especially designed and dedicated to the cremation for feotal and still-born baby 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 baby 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 headed “King Edward Memorial Hospital – Pioneers in Perinatal Cremation & Memorialisation”.

Creotal Cremator

If you are likely to be handling ashes outside the machine, i.e. transferring ashes into scattering urns, causuary urns or other non-standard containers, repacking for other locations etc. we recommend our proven Ash Handling system which consists of Cremovac, specially designed stainless steel bench, air extraction system complete with canopy, cooling racks and ash cooling trays.

The Stainless Steel Bench top is fitted with a recess which is used to hold the urn or ash box when transferring ashes.  The recess is open at the bottom and a waste bin is located under to collect any spilled ashes.  Behind the bench is a canopy connected to an exhaust fan.  This is designed to capture fugitive dust which is generated while handling ashes.  The whole set-up is easy to clean and maintain and is designed to keep dust away from the operator even during transfer of ashes.

In summary, our Ash Handling Area provides a safe, clean and healthier work environment for your staff.  We have many of these set-ups installed in Australia.

Ash Processor, Ash bench with Ash Capture and Ash pan Cooling Trolley – Canberra Memorial Parks

Ash Pan Trolley

This trolley is manufactured from stainless steel and is designed to allow operators to safely transfer hot ash pans from cremators to the ash processing area, and also acts as a portable cooling rack.

The Austeng Grave Safety Fence addresses and reduces two health & safety issues currently facing cemetery operators. These are:

  • The risk of mourners or cemetery staff falling into an open grave (which may be up to 2.7 metres deep)
  • Manual handling risks involved in pall-bearers transferring the coffin from the hearse to the grave and then lowering it

The Fence frame itself is made from tubular steel and is lightweight but stable. If struck by a falling person it is strong enough to support the combined weight of a coffin and the forces simultaneously applied by pall-bearers when placing the coffin onto the fence support brackets, prior to mechanically lowering or when manually lowered into the grave.

The Graveside Safety Fence comes in two options:

1. “Stand-alone” Grave Safety Fence
2. “Dismantlable” Grave Safety Fence

Custom sizes and features are available – contact our team to discuss your specific requirements.

Also available is an aluminium shoring shield used to protect the top edge of the excavation. Green matting is placed over to dress up the grave prior to a funeral.


Funding Grants are often available for the purchasing of cemetery equipment from the Department of Health, Victoria.

Priority is given to equipment funding that enhances the safety of the facility (e.g. Grave Covers, Shoring, Grave Fences).

See Vic Health Cemetery Grants for details and application forms.

Grave Safety Fence Assembled

Grave Safety Fence Unassembled

Grave Safety Fence Assembled

Austeng Grave Shoring is used to support the sides of a grave. There has been more than one incident in Victoria where a grave digger has been trapped when the grave sides have given way. Aluminium was chosen as it is easy to clean, light weight, durable and adds a clean and professional finish to the grave.

The aluminium Grave Shoring is divided into horizontal sections that lock together. Each section can be lifted by hand. The Grave Shoring is made to suit the cemetery’s grave size. The thickness of the sections are approximately 50mm and thus over-size graves need not be dug to accommodate the Grave Shoring.

The standard version is 2200mm long, 1800mm deep (fully assembled from 2×3 sections) and adjustable in width from 700 to 1000mm.

Both of these features make it suitable for use in old monumental areas.


Funding Grants are often available for the purchasing of cemetery equipment from the Department of Health, Victoria.

Priority is given to equipment funding that enhances the safety of the facility (e.g. Grave Covers, Shoring, Grave Fences).

See Vic Health Cemetery Grants for details and application forms.

he cover is designed to overcome the problem created by an open grave site and the potential danger this represents for both employees and visitors. It is manufactured from lightweight aluminium tubing and covered with unbreakable, corrugated plastic “Lexan” sheeting (colour tinting of Lexan is an option). The weight is less than 20kg so can easily be handled by two people. We have included a warning sign to either end. Other features include lifting handles provided on both ends and tie down holes provided in each corner. By adding wheels to one end, handling the cover becomes a one person operation.

The plastic cover is:

  • Virtually unbreakable
  • U.V resistant
  • Highly visible
  • Easily able to be lifted

This highly visible cover has a professional appearance which indicates to the general public the cemetery’s commitment to safety of the public as well as their own staff.


Funding Grants are often available for the purchasing of cemetery equipment from the Department of Health, Victoria.

Priority is given to equipment funding that enhances the safety of the facility (e.g. Grave Covers, Shoring, Grave Fences).

See Vic Health Cemetery Grants for details and application forms.

The Austeng Mausoleum Interment Trolley was designed and built in response to a request to design a safer and more dignified method of placing coffins and caskets into mausoleum crypts at any level. It greatly reduces OH&S issues as it eliminates the need for the operator to be elevated and has safe, single operator functions.

Features of the Mausoleum Internment Trolley:

  • robust hydraulic lift action
  • versatile & flexible – can be pushed from location to location
  • stainless steel top deck
  • powdercoated exterior
  • panels & zinc plated fittings
  • performs conventional longitudinal and couch internments via roller sets controlled by push buttons
  • interments are now a one-person job
  • shutter lifter can also be used with this device

The trolley can be specially designed to accommodate any unique site requirements.

By any measure the Austeng Mausoleum Interment Trolley will revolutionize this part of the industry. CLICK HERE to view a video showing the trolley in action or contact us for further information or request to be sent.

Austeng has developed a mausoleum marble and granite crypt front lifter device. This is in response to the health and safety challenges associated with lifting the very heavy mausoleum crypt front as well as the possible risk of employees over balancing at heights.

The module provides an efficient, ergonomic, worker friendly system to handle all sizes of shutters without any significant operator effort. By eliminating the heavy lifting we have minimized the risk of back injury and your organization is complying with health and safety regulations and requirements.

This lifter attaches to a standard casket lift device and is very easy to use. The top attachment screws are undone and the top of the shutter is moved out just far enough to attach the grippers (2-3cms). Releasing a clip on the grippers secures the crypt front which can now be lifted, by our device, into the cradle on the Scissor Trolley. To refit the Shutter after the internment the process described above is reversed. Removing the lifting device so the Scissor Trolley can be used for the internment takes 2-3 minutes.



Austeng have developed a range of Shutter Handling Devices to meet a variety of client needs including coffin interment.

This transfer trolley is simple but efficient. It is on heavy duty castors, has a scissor lift configuration and the top deck is fitted with rollers. The lifting action is powered up and down by battery so that the casket can be lowered or elevated as desired without operator effort. This means a casket or body can be transferred from a vehicle or around a funeral chapel quickly and easily by one person. The unit is self-contained and comes with separate locking devices to prevent movement of both casket and trolley.

Features of the Transfer Trolley

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Makes casket handling a “one-man” job
  • No lifting required
  • Prevents manual handling injuries and therefore complies with health and safety regulations
  • Makes your organisation more efficient
  • Comes complete with operating manual and instructions
  • Can ‘double’ as catafalque with only minor modifications
  • Optional four or six wheel configuration


Plan area:     2515 x 600mm

Height:      Max 1720mm    Min 430mm

Lifting capacity:     180kg – 350kg

Finish:     Powder Coated

Please note: These specifications can be modified and other colours and stainless steel construction are available on request. We also manufacture an electrically propelled hydraulic trolley with capacity up to 350kg, designed for moving coffins over longer distances.


Trolley at Rookwood General Crematorium

The main features of the stands are:

  • Lightweight construction fitted with robust casters so the stands can be easily moved around the cemetery and mausoleum
  • Lockable wheels to ensure stands remain in required position
  • Stainless steel lip to avoid slippage of floral tributes
  • Powder coated to nominated colour

The feedback from our clients is that the stands work very well and provide an attractive and functional backdrop to the floral tributes.

The stands can be modified to accommodate different lengths, portability, fixing, security, multi-tiered etc. For instance, one client has ordered a stand with the following modifications:

  • Reinforced to hold weight of double crypt front
  • Higher than average – at an ergonomic height
  • Two shelves for flowers

The idea of the first two modifications is to enable employees to place lettering on the crypt front safely and easily thereby giving a dual function to the stands.

OrthoMetals is an exciting new development in the area of recycling metals after cremation. It solves the problem of disposal of metals after cremation as well as not wasting the value of the material. This is a way of improving the environmental credentials of your organisation without cost and effort and in line with the goal of being more environmentally friendly as not only does it decrease land fill but also the need to re-mine certain metals generally.

The system developed by OrthoMetals BV  ( a Netherlands based company) is an environment-friendly turn-key solution to the collection and recycling of orthopaedic implants and the metals from crematoria.  This system is now used throughout Europe.

Basically, the local cemetery collects all metals after cremation and places them in bins provided which are then collected by Austeng personnel and returned to our premises. The metals are then subsequently sorted by OrthoMetals and aggregated in a way that they are able to be on sold at a profit.  Once sorted the materials are re-melted to prevent the end product from being recognised and re-used as an implant.

Orthometals retain the necessary certification and documentation to reassure that all orthopaedic implants and metal remains following cremation are recycled in the most appropriate manner complying with existing local legislation.  Please find attached three articles that appeared in ACCA News providing further background. Since these articles all crematoria in Victoria, as well as numerous crematoria in NSW and Qld   (including all InvoCare sites) South Australian and Western Australia have all come on board.

Austeng provides the logistical support to collect the wheelie bins, consolidate the metal and then ship to OrthoMetals for processing.  Please find also attached “Metals after Cremation Recycling Program” that outlines the steps involved in more detail.

A full accounting by OrthoMetals will be given detailing metals collected, proceeds and deductions (e.g. shipping, sorting & Austeng’s collection costs and OrthoMetals administration costs). The balance will be forwarded to each organisation. One of the approaches of the OrthoMetals recycling concept is to encourage the return of a substantial part of the proceeds (after deduction of costs) to client related charities.