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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Nominations are open for the 2021 Australian SAR Award

Australian Search and Rescue Awards

2019 NATSAR Council Annual Meeting Report

2019 NATSAR Council Annual Meeting Report

National SAR Council Annual Meeting

The 43rd meeting of the National SAR Council was held in Adelaide from 10–11 September 2019.

Australian Search and
Rescue Award

The winners of the 2020 Australian Search and Rescue Awards have been announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.

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

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

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australian Search and Rescue Award.