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 ©

February 2021

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

More information & table of contents

Hazards at aircraft accident sites

Hazards at aircraft accident sites

Edition 7, June 2017

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

7 February 2018

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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Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA)

Council Charter document

November 2020

The Council Charter documents in detail how the National Search and Rescue Council operates, including its key business processes in order to fulfil its functions as described within the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA).

Business Plan 2020-2022 cover

Business Plan

February 2021

This Business Plan defines the Council’s priorities and actions for the next two years 2020-2022 to achieve the intended strategic objectives.