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 40th meeting of the National SAR Council was held in Fremantle from 19-20 October 2016.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 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.