The current legislation requires that a family’s religious and cultural status and concerns about the autopsy be communicated to the police at the time of the death notification. Those most consistently identified as having a distinct cultural or religious concern are Indigenous people and those of Jewish and Muslim faiths.

The Coroner has the final determination as to whether or not an internal autopsy will proceed and a family’s objection may, despite their strongly held beliefs, be over-ruled.

Further information

http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/92865/m-osc-fs-coronial-investigations.pdf

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/82716/a-death-in-the-workplace.pdf

http://www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/dying-bereavement/bereavement-due-traumatic-death/coroners-inquest

http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/206121/osc-state-coroners-guidelines-chapter-2.pdf