About Us

National Office

Postal PO Box 291, Kew East VIC 3102
Phone 03 9859 9966
Fax 03 9819 7390
Email info@afda.org.au


ANDREW PINDER President cropped web

Andrew Pinder

Ern Jensen Funerals
Adrian Barrett

Adrian Barrett

Senior Vice-President
William Barrett & Sons
Travis Tann

Travis Tann

Junior Vice-President
James MacLeod

James MacLeod

Tobin Brothers Funerals
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Dale Gilson

Chief Executive Officer

National Councillors



Allan Piddington


Nick Maurer

Maurer Family Funerals

Alternate Councillors

Asha Dooley

Grace Funerals

Dale Maroney

Walter Carter Funerals Pty Ltd



Wes Heritage

Heritage Brothers Funeral Services

Rowan Steer

Russell Firth Integrity Funerals

Don Burstow

T.S Burstow Funerals

Alternate Councillors

Brett Heritage

Heritage Brady Funeral Directors

Ray Valdeter

Morleys Funerals



Andrew Kleemann

Adelaide Hills Funeral Services

Michael Butler

Ivan Butler Funerals

Alternate Councillors

David Lawlor

Alfred James & Sons Pty Ltd

Natasha Siebert

Frank J Siebert Funeral Directors



Travis Tann


Paul Graham

Graham Family Funerals

Alternate Councillors

Mark Graham

Finney Family Funerals

Peter Vincent

Vincent Funeral Services



James MacLeod

Tobin Brothers Funerals

Andrew Pinder

Ern Jensen Funerals

Kelly Scott

T J Scott & Son

Alternate Councillors

Philip Davey

A G Adams & Sons

Cathy Tobin

Tobin Brothers Funerals



Adrian Barrett

William Barrett & Sons

Bernardine Brierty

Bowra & O’Dea Pty Ltd

Alternate Councillors

Justin O'Dea

Bowra & O’Dea Pty Ltd

Deanne McLeod

Bowra & O’Dea Pty Ltd


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Future Gen

AFDA Future Gen is a group of enthusiastic, forward-thinking AFDA Members and their staff wanting to challenge themselves and others to engage in quality discussion and share ideas that drive improvement and service across all areas of the funeral industry.
Another important responsibility of the AFDA Future Gen group is to explore opportunities to improve consumer and staff education on the vast array of new funeral technologies available.
“While tradition will always be the cornerstone of funeral service, it’s vital that we embrace all that the technological, social networking and digital revolution has to offer,” Adrian Barrett, William Barrett & Sons, AFDA Future Gen member.
Communication with the group will take place via the following channels:
  • 2 webinars each year
  • An online group / forum – AFDA Future Gen Facebook group
  • A networking event at AFDA National Convention exclusively for Future Gen members
  • A session at AFDA National Convention on a Future Gen topic or presented by a Future Gen member

The plan for the AFDA Future Gen group is to build on this and add new items / events.


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Careers FAQ's

It is often said that working in the funeral industry is a vocation rather than a job and it is easy to see why. Funeral homes are generally either family businesses or larger organisations with a number of branches. The staff employed need to have a variety of skills and a genuine desire to offer as much help, guidance and assistance as is required by those they are called upon to serve. The funeral industry is by no means an easy career option; however it can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding of the service careers. We recommend that you contact your local funeral home to discuss any employment opportunities and to find out what attributes they would be looking for in a potential employee.

Endorsed Training

Seeking an endorsed provider of funeral service education and training? Check out the following Registered Training Organisations:

Funeral Industry Development Australia: www.fida.com.au

Endorsed Training: www.mfeducators.com


Qualified Embalmer – Bowra & O’Dea Funeral Directors, WA