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||February 2021|
|Table of Content||February 2021|
|Defence Letter of Promulgation||February 2021|
|Acronyms and Abbreviations||February 2021|
|Volume 1 – Search and Rescue Administration||February 2021|
|Chapter 1 Search and Rescue System Organisation||February 2021|
|Chapter 2 Search and Rescue Management||February 2021|
|Chapter 3 Training and Exercises||February 2021|
|Volume 2 – Search and Rescue Operations||February 2021|
|Chapter 1 Communications||February 2021|
|Chapter 2 Awareness and Initial Action||February 2021|
|Chapter 3 Search Planning and Evaluation||February 2021|
|Chapter 4 Search and Rescue Techniques||February 2021|
|Chapter 5 Rescue Planning Operations||February 2021|
|Chapter 6 Conclusion of Search and Rescue Operations||February 2021|
|Chapter 7 Medical Factors||February 2021|
|Appendix A Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on National Search and Rescue Arrangements||February 2021|
|Appendix B National Search and Rescue Responsibilities and Functions||February 2021|
|Appendix C National Operational Procedure for Transfer of Coordination for Land SAR Incidents||February 2021|
|Appendix D-1-10||February 2021|
|Appendix E-1-17||February 2021|
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.