Manuals & publications

Australia's national search and rescue service adopts techniques and procedures that have been developed in a manner consistent with Australia’s international obligations under the:

  • Convention of International Civil Aviation, 1944 (Chicago Convention)
  • International convention of Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS)
  • International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 (SAR Convention)

Established, standardised and coordinated procedures and resources promote the effective saving of lives.


National Search and Rescue Manual

The National Search and Rescue Manual ©

The NATSAR Manual documents the standardised techniques and procedures for search and rescue, enabling SAR authorities to cooperate and coordinate to best effect.

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Land Search Operations Manual

Land Search Operations Manual

The Land Search Operations Manual is a comprehensive reference source for those authorities who have the responsibility for conducting land search and rescue operations within Australia.

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Hazards at aircraft accident sites

Hazards at aircraft accident sites

Edition 6, January 2014

A guide for police and emergency personnel offering specific advice that may be helpful in identifying and managing particular hazards and risks associated with an aircraft accident, along important advice about preserving evidence at the site.

Produced jointly by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Department of Defence (Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety).


Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA)

Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on National Search and Rescue Response Arrangements

29 June, 2012

The IGA puts in place arrangements between the Commonwealth and State/Territory SAR Authorites on the coordination of search and rescue in the Australian region.

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Strategic Outlook

Strategic Outlook

2012-15

The 2012-15 National Search and Rescue Council Strategic Outlook contains the Council's vision, mission, aims, terms of reference, membership, environment, challenges to our SAR system, and responses to challenges.


Business Plan

Business Plan

2012-13

This document highlights the key strategies, priorities and tasks of National SAR Council for the 2012-13 financial year and provides a mechanism for monitoring progress against the aims and each strategy.