In New South Wales there are two types of documentation that can be issued to allow a funeral to take place. Documents can be issued in either of two ways and depend on the circumstances of the death.
When the death occurs due to natural causes a registered medical practitioner will issue a document call the “Medical Certificate of Cause of Death”. If the funeral is to be a cremation an additional document is prepared by the same doctor to allow for a cremation. In cremation these two documents are then reviewed by a second Government Approved doctors who completes a Medical Referee's Certificate to allow the cremation.
In about 10% of funerals the Coroner is involved in the death. In these situations the Coroner will issue relevant documentation for both burial and cremation as necessary. This may delay the funeral by a few days. The coroner may then review the circumstances surrounding the death at their discretion. This is called the Coroner’s Inquest and takes place at a later date. This inquest does not delay the funeral but if this situation applies; you should contact the relevant Coroners Court.