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.
For 24 hour emergency contacts, see AMSA’s emergency contacts webpage.
- Australia's search and rescue region
- Challenger search and rescue aircraft - Bombardier Challenger 604
- MEOSAR fact sheet ( PDF: 209Kb)
- SAR arrangements in Australia
For non-emergency Australian Maritime Safety Authority contacts, please visit the contact us page.