If you’re trying to get a grasp of the various funeral companies in Australia, you’re likely to have a number of questions. Which funeral companies operate in Australia? How big are they? How much do they charge? Are they independent or are they owned by international parent companies?

While a large chunk of the funeral marketplace in Australia is made up of smaller family-run businesses, there are a number of larger funeral companies. A significant segment of the larger companies are owned by a multinational corporate called InvoCare.

We’ve put together this guide to help you with:

  1. Funeral Companies in Australia – State-Based & National
  2. How to Research Funeral Companies
  3. The Cost of Funeral Companies

1. Funeral Companies in Australia – State-Based & National

There are a number of large funeral companies in each state.

NSW Funeral Companies

Guardian Funerals

Guardian Funerals was established 50 years ago, and is now part of the InvoCare family of funeral homes. Guardian Funerals owns a number of smaller funeral brands including David Lloyd Funerals in Newcastle, Hansen & Cole Funerals in Wollongong and Tobin Brothers in Canberra. Guardian Funerals has over 30 funeral homes in NSW. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Guardian Funerals.

Victoria Funeral Companies

Tobin Brothers Funerals

Tobin Brothers Funerals is a family-owned funeral company. Over the past 83 years they have grown to be one of the biggest funeral homes in Victoria, with over 190 staff in 24 locations. Tobin Brothers Funerals also owns the Frances Tobin, Abbey Funerals and Herbert King Funerals brands. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Tobin Brothers Funerals.

Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tobin Brothers Funerals

Allison Monkhouse

Allison Monkhouse is a family-owned funeral company, with origins tracing back to early 19th Century England. The company’s founder arrived in Melbourne in the 1860s and established the funeral home shortly after. Allison Monkhouse is one of the biggest family-operated funeral homes in Melbourne with 8 locations across Victoria. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Allison Monkhouse.

Le Pine Funerals

Le Pine Funerals was established by Joseph Le Pine, who fled from France to Australia in the 1870s. The company was officially established in 1891 and over the past 126 years has grown to 19 funeral homes across Victoria. Le Pine Funerals is part of the InvoCare funeral brands. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Le Pine Funerals.

Queensland Funeral Companies

Alex Gow Funerals

Alex Gow Funerals is Queensland’s oldest funeral business. From 1909 until the present, the company has remained a family-owned and operated business. Alex Gow Funerals has 4 locations in Queensland: Newstead, Browns Plains, Cleveland and Deception Bay. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Alex Gow Funerals.

K.M. Smith Funeral Directors

K.M. Smith Funeral Directors was founded in 1886 by Kate Mary Smith, Brisbane’s “first lady of funerals”, and has since been run by the same family for six generations. K.M. Smith currently has 12 branches and serves neighbourhoods throughout the greater metropolitan Brisbane area, as well as Logan, Bayside, Ipswich and Caboolture. Read our Comprehensive Guide to K.M. Smith Funeral Directors.

KM Smith Funeral Directors
K.M. Smith Funeral Directors

Metropolitan Funerals

Metropolitan Funerals was created in 1941 by Richard Brazier in Fortitude Valley. Over the past 76 years, the brand has continued to grow and now has 9 locations in Queensland. Metropolitan Funerals is part of the InvoCare funeral brands. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Metropolitan Funerals.

South Australia Funeral Companies

Blackwell Funerals

Blackwell Funerals was established in 1940 by Daryl Blackwell who transitioned into funerals from the family coffin manufacturing business. Over the past 77 years, the brand has continued to grow and now has 7 locations in Adelaide. Blackwell Funerals is owned by InvoCare. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Blackwell Funerals.

Western Australia Funeral Companies

Chipper Funerals

Chipper Funerals was established in Western Australia in 1889. It now operates out of 4 Western Australia locations, and also owns Oakwood Funerals, another Western Australian funeral brand established by Don Chipper in 1999. Chipper Funerals is owned by InvoCare. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Chipper Funerals.

A manager at Chipper Funerals
A funeral director at Chipper Funerals

Bowra & O’Dea

Established in 1888, Bowra and O’Dea is a 5th generation funeral home in Perth. It is the biggest family-owned funeral home in Western Australia, with 11 locations across the state. Bowra and O’Dea also operates a women only funeral service called Leanne O’Dea. Read our Comprehensive Guide to Bowra & O’Dea.

Australia-Wide Funeral Companies


When it comes to large corporate funeral brands, InvoCare – a public company listed on the ASX – is in a league of its own. It has a whopping 31% overall share of funeral markets in which it operates, and owns a number of the state-based companies listed above, as well as Australia-wide brands White Lady Funerals and Simplicity Funerals. For further details on the various funeral homes owned by InvoCare, read our Guide to the InvoCare Funeral Brands.

2. How to Research Funeral Companies

When selecting a funeral director, it will often be necessary to choose between a larger funeral company and a smaller funeral home. Each has its pros and cons, but a comprehensive comparison will give you the insight you need to appreciate and differentiate between the offerings, services and prices of each. A quick, easy and free way to do this is to use Gathered Here to compare 670+ funeral homes across Australia, including large and small funeral home options. You’ll then have the details you need to make your decision.

If you’d like to do a bit more reading on how to find the right funeral director in your state, including the cheapest and best funeral directors, see our specific city guides:

3. The Cost of Funeral Companies

Of course, an important factor for consideration in your funeral home comparison is how much each funeral company wants to charge for the funeral.

While cheaper funeral options do exist, and there are simple ways to save on the cost of a funeral, in many cases, a comparison on Gathered Here will show that using one of the larger funeral companies detailed in this guide is likely to be more expensive than using a smaller, family-run funeral home.

If you’re interested in learning more about the cost of funerals, you can read our guide to The Average Cost of a Funeral in Australia, and our guide to Understanding Funeral Costs in Australia.

We hope you’ve found this guide to funeral companies in Australia helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at support@gatheredhere.com.au or leave us a message in the comments section below.

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