Death of a U.S. Citizen

In the event of the death of an American Citizen in Australia, please contact the Consulate General serving your area. You will be asked to provide as much as possible of the following information relating to the deceased:

  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death (e.g. name and address of the hospital)
  • Cause of death (if known)
  • Most recent U.S. passport number
  • Social Security Number
  • Military I.D. number (if applicable)
  • Name and contact details of the next of kin
  • Most recent address in Australia

The U.S. Consulate can assist the family in making arrangements with local authorities for preparation and disposition of the remains, following the family’s instructions in accordance with local law. For further information please see the State Department’s information regarding Return of Remains of Deceased Americans. Information specific to Australia is available for:


Consular Report of Death

A “Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad” will be prepared. This is a report that provides the essential facts concerning the death of a U.S. citizen, disposition of remains, and custody of the personal effects of a deceased citizen. For further information please see the State Department’s information regarding Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad.


Returning Ashes to the United States from Australia

Cremated remains can be shipped as air freight on a commercial flights. Please contact an air carrier for more details regarding their shipping requirements (NOTE: Federal Express and DHL will not ship cremated remains). The following documents must accompany the container of the decedent’s ashes:

  • an official death certificate;
  • a cremation certificate (a document from a crematory certifying that the deceased was cremated on a specific date); and,
  • a certificate from the crematory stating that the container holds only the cremated remains (“cremains”) of the deceased.