Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Search and rescue

Australia's search and rescue obligation

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the Australian search and rescue (SAR) Authority and has a statutory duty to provide the national SAR service for Australia.

Search and rescue in Australia

The Australian SAR system is built upon strong collaborative relationships and formal arrangements to provide an effective SAR service to any person(s) in distress no matter where they are in the Australian Search and Rescue Region (SRR).

The Australian SRR covers an area of nearly 53 million square kilometres, which is one tenth of the world’s surface.

This vast amount of space borders the search and rescue regions of 10 other countries.

Australia's Search and Rescue Region

For 24 hour emergency contacts, see AMSA’s emergency contacts webpage.

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For non-emergency Australian Maritime Safety Authority contacts, please visit the contact us page.

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