The National Search and Rescue Manual is the standard reference document for use by all search and rescue authorities and other organisations that provide search and rescue services in Australia. It outlines the agreed methods of coordination through which search and rescue operations are conducted within Australia. The manual is consistent with the relevant International Conventions to which Australia is party. Available online only, this is the latest edition.
For ease of reference, follow the quick links. The date of the most recent amendment is shown.
|Front Cover||September 2018|
|Table of Content||September 2018|
|Defence Letter of Promulgation||September 2018|
|Acronyms and Abbreviations||September 2018|
|Volume 1 – Search and Rescue Administration||September 2018|
|Chapter 1 Search and Rescue System Organisation||September 2018|
|Chapter 2 Search and Rescue Management||September 2018|
|Chapter 3 Training and Exercises||September 2018|
|Volume 2 – Search and Rescue Operations||September 2018|
|Chapter 1 Communications||September 2018|
|Chapter 2 Awareness and Initial Action||September 2018|
|Chapter 3 Search Planning and Evaluation||September 2018|
|Chapter 4 Search and Rescue Techniques||September 2018|
|Chapter 5 Rescue Planning Operations||September 2018|
|Chapter 6 Conclusion of Search and Rescue Operations||September 2018|
|Chapter 7 Medical Factors||September 2018|
|Appendix A Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on National Search and Rescue Arrangements||September 2018|
|Appendix B National Search and Rescue Responsibilities and Functions||September 2018|
|Appendix C National Operational Procedure for Transfer of Coordination for Land SAR Incidents||September 2018|
|Appendix D-1-10||September 2018|
|Appendix E-1-17||September 2018|
The NATSAR Manual is reviewed and updated through an annual amendments program. Amendments can be proposed throughout the year, which are then reviewed and approved by the NATSAR Council at the annual meeting. All approved amendments can be viewed in the amendment history below.