Once a death has been identified as reportable to the coroner, the police investigate the death on the coroner’s behalf. Your loved one will be held at the local mortuary while the investigation is finalised. This may include an autopsy, although this is a decision with which you will be consulted by the police. If you have any concerns you should contact the coronial counsellor assigned to your case. Most deaths will be investigated “on the papers” and will not require a court inquiry known as an inquest. Most coronial inquiries will only take 24-48 hours to be finalised and then your loved one will be transported to the funeral director of your choice.

Further information

http://qpilch.org.au/_dbase_upl/Coroners.pdf

http://www.onelifewa.com.au/grief-loss/practical-matters/

http://www.missingpersons.gov.au/~/media/mp/files/pdfs/navigating%20the%20coronial%20process%202.pdf