Our representation at international organisations

We represent Australia in international organisations on maritime, aviation and search and rescue issues.

We have been given broad responsibilities by the government to represent Australia in the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  This representation includes specialist input across the entire maritime spectrum including ship safety, pollution prevention matters, qualifications, and search and rescue (SAR) considerations consistent with Australia’s international obligations.

Additionally, we work closely with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and other Australian Government aviation agencies to fulfil Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and as a Council member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Our SAR staff actively participate in the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on the Harmonisation of Aeronautical and Maritime SAR where we maintain our status of one of the eight Aeronautical SAR members. Assisting ICAO and IMO in developing provisions regarding new SAR techniques and procedures where both aeronautical and maritime interests are involved. This involves the provision of a SAR service, SAR expertise and advice, and assistance in progressing ICAO and IMO major initiatives.

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Last updated: 21 March 2023