The National Search and Rescue Council is a cooperative body that is responsible for the national search and rescue response arrangements in Australia. The Council members are from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Australian Defence Force and State, Territory and Federal Police, who signed an Inter‑Governmental Agreement confirming its role as the national coordinating body for search and rescue.

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National SAR Council Annual Meeting 2014

The 38th meeting of the National SAR Council will be held in Sydney from 1-3 October 2014.

2014 Australian SAR Award

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Australian Search and Rescue Award.

2013 Meeting Report

The 2013 meeting report is now available.

Australian Search &
Rescue Award

Nominations have closed for the Australian Search and Rescue Award. This is awarded annually by the National Search and Rescue Council for outstanding heroism or commitment to search and rescue in Australia.

Nicholas Costello (left) and Lorne Police Station Sergeant David Cooper (right) with their 2013 SAR Awards