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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2018 NATSAR Council Annual Meeting Report

2018 NATSAR Council Annual Meeting Report

National SAR Council Annual Meeting 2018

The 42nd meeting of the National SAR Council was held in Darwin from 12 – 13 September 2018.

Australian Search and
Rescue Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Australian Search and Rescue Award.

The National Search and Rescue Council presents these Awards annually, in recognition of 'Outstanding contribution to Search and Rescue' within the Australian region.

There are two categories for the Awards:

  • professional—an individual or organisation within the search and rescue field
  • non-professional—an individual, group or organisation.