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 2018

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

2017 Meeting Report

The 2017 meeting report is now available. Download the 2017 meeting report
(PDF 1.25 MB)

Australian Search and
Rescue Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Australian Search and Rescue Award. This is awarded annually by the National Search and Rescue Council in recognition of 'Outstanding contribution to Search and Rescue' within the Australian region. The award is presented in two categories: Professional and Non-professional search and rescue.

2018 SAR Awards photo