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.
Nominations are now open 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. It is open to all individuals and groups from the general public and professional search and rescue services.