About the Council


The mission of the National Search and Rescue Council is to develop and maintain an effective, efficient and integrated national search and rescue system that meets international obligations and domestic requirements.
NATSAR Council meeting attendees from 2013.
NATSAR Council meeting attendees from 2014. View larger image

How the Council works

The National Search and Rescue council meets annually and consults out of session when necessary to discuss current and relevant issues within the SAR community. One of the primary roles of each member is to represent SAR issues at the Council for their respective Organisation / State / Territory. This ensures there is a clear channel for the SAR Community to feed information through to the National governance body for discussion and decision as required.

The Inter‑Governmental Agreement (IGA) puts in place arrangements between the Commonwealth and State/Territory SAR Authorities on the coordination of search and rescue in the Australian region.


  • Create a virtual national centre of excellence for SAR;
  • Establish an authoritative voice on SAR in Australia;
  • Promote a risk based approach to SAR;
  • Ensure effective coordination between SAR authorities and agencies; and
  • Support standardised approaches to matters such as training and emerging technologies.

Key documents

Business Plan

Business Plan 2020-2022 cover


The National Search and Rescue Council Business Plan defines the Council’s priorities and actions for the next two years 2020-2022 to achieve the intended strategic objectives. 

Business Plan