Australian Maritime Safety Authority

National engagement

Collaborating with the Search and Rescue Community

As Australia's Search and Rescue (SAR) Authority, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contributes to the ongoing development of the Australian SAR system by collaborating with other relevant organisations at a national level.

AMSA’s National Engagement Opportunities

The National Search and Rescue Council

The National Search and Rescue Council is a cooperative body responsible for national search and rescue response arrangements in Australia.

The annual meeting of the National SAR (NATSAR) Council allows State and Territory SAR Authorities to meet and discuss relevant issues within the SAR community, and to develop common operational protocols and standard operating procedures.

AMSA facilitates the role of Chair and provides the Secretariat function.

AMSA SAR Consultative Forum

AMSA hosts the AMSA SAR Consultative Forum annually.

Members represent commercial and recreational organisations from the maritime, aviation and land environments actively involved in the national SAR service.

The AMSA SAR Consultative Forum provides a fundamental link between members and AMSA to discuss:

  • current activities
  • topical issues
  • key developments occurring in the greater Australian community.

The forum proactively engages the main user groups of the SAR system and creates opportunities for feedback.

This helps AMSA understand what is happening in the industry and assist with service delivery. It also allows AMSA to communicate relevant updates and information to the industry.

Australia & New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group

ANZSBEG was established in 1994 following a national review by AMSA into safe recreational boating and boating safety education.

The objective of the group is to:

  • identify national safe boating issues
  • address issues through coordinated public education strategies
  • provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

The group brings together:

  • organisations responsible for implementing government policy on boating safety
  • organisations responsible for implementing national/ international training standards
  • small craft search and rescue organisations
  • organisations with direct communication links with the recreational boater.

The members of ANZSBEG are representatives of:

  • State and Northern Territory government boating authorities
  • AMSA
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • Yachting Australia
  • Boating Industries Alliance Australia
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Royal Life Saving Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia.

The Chair, administration and secretariat functions for the group’s bi-annual meetings are determined by agreement.

Australia & NZ SAR Conference

The Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference brings together leading search and rescue practitioners to discuss the challenges of preparing, deploying and operating search and rescue services.

This conference is dedicated to advancing effective and integrated search and rescue capabilities.

Further information

Read more about the NATSAR Council’s role in the SAR arrangements in Australia.

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