Terms of reference

As outlined in the Strategic Outlook, the National Search and Rescue Council shall meet annually and consult out of session when necessary in order to:

  • develop, review and, if necessary, amend the National Search and Rescue Manual to provide policy for the prosecution of search and rescue incidents
  • report on ongoing improvements and developments in matters relating to search and rescue both nationally and internationally
  • ensure an efficient and effective search and rescue response capability is possible throughout Australia and its area of responsibility
  • maintain a network for key search and rescue response agencies to ensure a seamless coordination of search and rescue incidents
  • ensure compatibility of procedures for joint search and rescue operations involving State and Commonwealth authorities
  • maximise the potential of SAR operators by promoting and supporting the work that they do
  • monitor and review the National Police Search and Rescue Coordinators’ course
  • investigate, develop and review search and rescue strategies
  • examine, and where appropriate, endorse suggested national policies for the continuous improvement of issues relating to search and rescue as raised at the National Search and Rescue Council; and
  • take appropriate actions in relation to other matters resolved at Council.

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