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||January 2019|
|Table of Content||January 2019|
|Defence Letter of Promulgation||January 2019|
|Acronyms and Abbreviations||January 2019|
|Volume 1 – Search and Rescue Administration||January 2019|
|Chapter 1 Search and Rescue System Organisation||January 2019|
|Chapter 2 Search and Rescue Management||January 2019|
|Chapter 3 Training and Exercises||January 2019|
|Volume 2 – Search and Rescue Operations||January 2019|
|Chapter 1 Communications||January 2019|
|Chapter 2 Awareness and Initial Action||January 2019|
|Chapter 3 Search Planning and Evaluation||January 2019|
|Chapter 4 Search and Rescue Techniques||January 2019|
|Chapter 5 Rescue Planning Operations||January 2019|
|Chapter 6 Conclusion of Search and Rescue Operations||January 2019|
|Chapter 7 Medical Factors||January 2019|
|Appendix A Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on National Search and Rescue Arrangements||January 2019|
|Appendix B National Search and Rescue Responsibilities and Functions||January 2019|
|Appendix C National Operational Procedure for Transfer of Coordination for Land SAR Incidents||January 2019|
|Appendix D-1-10||January 2019|
|Appendix E-1-17||January 2019|
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.