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.
The 43rd meeting of the National SAR Council was held in Adelaide from 10–11 September 2019.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 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 three categories for the Awards: