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The aim of the Funeral Assistance Program is to provide support to Gumala Members or Beneficiaries and their families to attend funerals and/or cover the reasonable costs associated with a funeral. The program aims to ensure that the cultural significance of attendance at funerals is addressed. The program will run from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.


The program will assist in alleviating the financial burden of the costs associated with funeral arrangements such as travel, accommodation, and headstones for the deceased. It is not necessary for the deceased person to have been a Gumala Member in order for Members to access these funds. However, confirmation of the impending funeral must be forwarded to GAC with any applications for assistance.

A tax invoice or quote must be sourced from the goods or service provider and sent to GAC with the Funeral Program application form. Members may pool their funds together to cover the costs of more expensive funeral arrangements. The program will have a limit of $2,000 per Member or Beneficiary for the financial year.

Supporting Documents

  1. Program application form
  2. Funeral notice
  3. Tax invoice or quote

Items available under the program

  1. Flights
  2. Accommodation
  3. Bus tickets
  4. Fuel (limit $500*)
  5. Food (limit $500*)
  6. Funeral and undertaker costs
  7. Transporting the deceased
  8. Flowers and burial costs
  9. Headstones
  10. Clothing (one complete outfit per person to attend the funeral)

* Requests for larger amounts of Fuel and Food will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Items NOT available under the program

  1. Vehicle repairs and maintenance
  2. Vehicle registrations and driver’s licences
  3. Taxis
  4. Tyres