Australian Maritime Safety Authority

AMSAs role in search and rescue

Providing the Search and Rescue service for Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) provides the SAR service for both the aviation and maritime sectors through the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).

AMSA’s Search and Rescue Response

In order to meet our obligation as specified in the AMSA Act 1990 - to include the provision of a search and rescue service consistent with Australia’s obligations - AMSA provides a SAR service for Australia through the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), located within the AMSA office in Canberra.

As an international point of contact for Australian search and rescue, the JRCC receives distress alerts and either coordinates the response or transfers coordination to the responsible SAR authority.

The JRCC can also provide support for the States in meeting other national SAR obligations.

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