To enhance open communication between SMCT and all stakeholders, a variety of publications are produced both annually and on a regular basis. To view our publications please click on their title below.
This edition includes articles describing our activities and services that ensure we remain a constant advocate for the communities we serve, our people and our industry.
“ A measure of a good society is how well it cares for those in need. We believe that we have a responsibility
to care for those transitioning through grief.
We provide a safe haven for mourning, an environment where care is anchored in compassion, where rituals and customs are honoured and preserved, where families are able to navigate their journey at their own pace, as they come
to terms with their new reality.”
- Jane Grover, CEO SMCT.
SMCT is dedicated to ensuring long term business sustainability through a balance of innovation, with the introduction of complementary service offerings, and a focus on continuous improvement across our suite of core services.
SMCT Fee Notice
The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) was created under the Cemeteries & Crematoria Act, 2003. Since
1 March 2010, SMCT has been responsible for the cemeteries previously under the governance of the Trustees of the Necropolis Springvale and the Cheltenham & Regional Cemeteries Trust.
The Trust cares for Bunurong and Cheltenham Memorial Parks, and Brighton General, Cheltenham Pioneer, Dandenong Community, Melbourne General, Springvale Botanical and
St Kilda cemeteries. The corporate office is located within the grounds of Springvale Botanical Cemetery at 600 Princes Highway, Springvale.
As a not-for-profit organisation, SMCT is responsible for the care and long term maintenance of eight distinctive cemetery locations and is committed to serving the needs of the communities. Historic and iconic, SMCT wants to ensure that cemeteries and memorial parks within its care are beautiful, tranquil and distinctive destinations to honour and celebrate life.
New products and services are proposed at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Cheltenham Memorial Park and Bunurong Memorial Park. These products will be available for all communities, offering more options for families in a safe, clean and respectful environment.
SMCT recognises that stakeholder engagement is critical and is conscious of the responsibility to understand the diverse and changing needs of the community, which provides insight into the introduction of new products and services.
SMCT is now inviting feedback from the public on the proposed fees.
Email submissions are preferred and can be sent to: Enquiries@smct.org.au with the subject ‘SMCT Fee Regulations’. Alternatively, submissions can be made by post marked ‘SMCT Fee Regulations’ and addressed to:
Director of Finance and Business Services
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
PO Box 1159
Clayton Victoria 3169.
All submissions must be received no later than
5.00 pm on Friday, 17 November 2017.
Further information can be obtained through the Administration office during business hours on
(03) 9546 9377 or through email on Enquiries@smct.org.au.
The Winter edition of SMCT's publication 'LIFE' is now ready for you to explore. Find out about our exciting new blog, 'Honouring Life', and a host of new developments including the final mausoleum currently under construction at Melbourne General Cemetery, MYLifebook workshops at our Centre for Care and Wellbeing and an upgrade to the Witness Cremation Viewing Room at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the news in LIFE.
Welcome to the inaugural Autumn edition of Life, a publication of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. This new publication is reflective of our focus on honouring and celebrating life.
We are delighted to announce that Bunurong Memorial Park has achieved international recognition as runner up in the American Cemetery Excellence Awards 2016.
As an extension of our service offering, The Centre for Care and Wellbeing is opening at Springvale Botanical Cemetery in February 2017. More information is provided in this edition, and you can visit the webpage here or register your interest by email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great pleasure that we present the sixth Annual Report of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT).
In keeping with our strategic focus we are consistently engaging with the communities that we serve, to inform and enhance our service offerings.
We believe that every person, regardless of their religion, culture or personal preference should be able to honour and celebrate their loved one as they choose.
FY 2014/15 has been a year of outstanding achievements, with SMCT significantly transforming our assets and firmly acknowledged as an industry innovator.
SMCT’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan focused on cementing strong foundations and strengthening the organisation’s fundamental capabilities.
FY 2013/14 has borne witness to yet another year of significant achievement for our organisation.
SMCT is managed in an accountable and responsible way through an effective Corporate Governance Framework.
Our commitment to active engagement and meaningful consultation with all stakeholders.
This booklet explains the many benefits of planning by securing locations ahead of time.
This conservation document provides guidance for proper protection of historic monuments.