Rose- Yan Yean Cemetery


COVID-19 - Update April 2021

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and affecting our lives, Yan Yean Cemetery is still committed in servicing the needs of our community and following the latest advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to adjust our services and practices to protect the health and welfare of employees, contractors and the community.

We encourage everyone to continue to follow all Victorian Government directives and take steps every day to keep ourselves and others safe.

We understand how difficult the current circumstances and its impacts are, especially during the loss of a loved one.

Current regulations:

  • Face masks must be carried with you at all times.
  • There currently is no limit on the amount of attendees at a funeral both outside and inside.

For further information, please visit the DHHS website.


The chapel is opened, however after each service we are required to conduct a COVID clean which will incur an additional cost with the hire of the building. All attendees must register before entering.

The office is also open, all office enquiries need to make an appointment to help us comply with regulations. Visitors must electronically register before entering and use the sanitation station.


You can contact us by calling the office on 9716 2619 or by email at


Face masks must be carried with you at all times.

Plaque orders can be made by making an appointment, email or calling the office with the desired inscription.

Gates opening hours, car access is from 7am to 8.30pm and pedestrian access 24hrs a day, we ask you follow current restrictions guidelines, for the wellbeing of everyone.

Funeral Directors

We ask you to follow the national guidelines and limit attendees to the allowed maximum. We recommend you bring your own bars, lowering tapes and/or device to minimise cross contamination. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Stone Masons

Monumental masons can conduct their work, subject to new regulations. Stone Masons are required to notify the office prior to attending, have a COVID Safe Plan and follow any indications by cemetery staff.

Stone Masons should seek their own independent advice regarding their industry.

During this difficult time, it is important to remember that we are a community and to look after one another, staying safe.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and we wish everyone to remain safe.


Yan Yean Cemetery Management


Vale Leslie Russell

It is with great sadness that Yan Yean Cemetery farewells life member Leslie Russell.

Les passed away on the 23 January 2021 and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Les was an important member of the Whittlesea community, serving on many committees.

Les was a life member of Yan Yean Cemetery Trust, he was first appointed as a Trust Member in October 1965 and served on the Trust until now, over 55 years of dedication and service. During that time, Les served as Chairperson of the Trust from 1976 until 2014, where he managed many of the cemetery’s developments and improvements.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.


Yan Yean Cemetery Trust and Staff




Temporary Structure

All temporary structures are strictly prohibited, any unauthorize structure, including: temporary fences, a box surrounding a grave site, matting, seats, etc. will be removed at the Trusts discretion.  The Trust has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of visitors, contractors and staff, these temporary structures do not adhere to OH&S standards and can be dangerous and cause harm. These structures become the responsibility of families who place them, if an incident was to occur you may be held liable.

Cemetery Grounds Maintenance

The Trust is committed in the maintenance of the cemetery grounds. One aspect is the health and the safety of the trees within the cemetery. A recent major assessment of the trees has been carried out by an Arborist, from the Arborist recommendations over the next 12 months there will be works on our trees, some more significant than others, this will include removal of dangerous and sick trees, maintenance and protection of existing trees, and replanting.

Fire Within the Cemetery

The Trust values and respects the traditions and religious practices of our community. However, we must uphold the requirements of the law.

On TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS, it is prohibited to light candles, oil lamps or any flames.

On FIRE DANGER PERIODS please do not leave candles & oil lamps or any other flames unattended.

Fire Danger Period: 14/12/2020 - 01/05/2021


Yan Yean Cemetery Trust is not able to sell graves and cremated memorial options pre-need at this stage. All sites are reserved for at need use only.

Pre-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased in advance of the need to exercise the Right.

At-need sale means a transaction for the sale of a Right of Interment (deed) concerning to a grave, vault or memorial of any type, which is purchased at the time of or in combination with a funeral booking.

The Trust apologises for any inconvenience caused due to current enhancements. Our staff and contractors will endeavour to minimise disruptions while works are being carried out.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we are confident that the results will please and benefit our community.