Like most public cemeteries, large and small, in the state of Victoria, Hamilton’s General Cemetery and Lawn Cemetery are administered by a Cemetery Trust.
These trusts are made up of volunteers from the local community and are unpaid positions. They operate cemeteries on behalf of the State Government.
The State Government has overall responsibility for the operation, rules and regulations concerning cemeteries as cemeteries are generally located on Public Land.
The Hamilton Public Cemetery Trust has eleven members including a chairman. The Trust meets monthly except in January. Items of business include correspondence, finance, sextons report, budgets and planning.
The Trust employs part time staff. These include a Sexton/Maintenance Officer who is responsible for grave digging and grounds maintenance, and a Secretary who is responsible for the administration of the Trust, plaque orders and public enquiries.
The Trust also employees other staff from time to time as the need arises.
The main source of income is from burials and plaque sales with the occasional government grant for special projects. Donations are occasionally received from service clubs and individuals.
Vacant positions on the Trust are advertised in the local press and are for a period of five years.