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.

The Southern Cemeterian - Summer Edition 2016

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

2016 Annual Report - Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

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.

2016-2020 Strategic Plan - Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

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.

SMCT Fee Regulations

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) was created under the Cemeteries & Crematoria Act, 2003.

SMCT is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that 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.

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.

With the recent build of the Southern Aurora Centre at Bunurong Memorial Park, rooms are proposed to be made available to the general public. SMCT are proposing to charge fees for the hire and use of these rooms which can be used by the general public or also for Funeral Director’s use, offering a warm and caring environment to meet and assist client families.

Room hire arrangements are proposed to be available at Springvale Botanical Cemetery also.

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: 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 21 December 2016.

Further information can be obtained through the Administration office during business hours on 03 9546 9377 or through email on

2015 Annual Report - Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

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.

2014 Annual Report - Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

FY 2013/14 has borne witness to yet another year of significant achievement for our organisation.

SMCT Corporate Governance Framework

SMCT is managed in an accountable and responsible way through an effective Corporate Governance Framework.

SMCT Stakeholder Engagement Charter

Our commitment to active engagement and meaningful consultation with all stakeholders.

SMCT Planning Ahead Booklet

This booklet explains the many benefits of planning by securing locations ahead of time.

Taking care of historically significant monuments

This conservation document provides guidance for proper protection of historic monuments.