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2017 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference

24 MAY 2017, Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held on 24 May at Jupiters Hotel on the Gold Coast, Queensland and will again follow on from the Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference to provide an additional feature day to the three day programme.

Providing a unique opportunity to meet and network with a diverse range of skilled practitioners across the disciplines of air, land and sea, ANZSAR brings together both the volunteer and professional search and rescue communities from Australia and New Zealand.

The conference Program includes specialist feature speakers, concurrent session speakers on a range of topics and interactive forums to enable discussion, debate and idea exchange on a range of issues impacting and specifically encompassing the sector.

Topics for speaker presentations and discussion will cover these key areas:

  • Technology and Operations
  • Multi-Agency Response
  • Training
  • Role of Police in Land and Maritime SAR
  • Stakeholders
  • Working in and with Organisations
  • International SAR including Humanitarian SAR
  • Support the mental health of SAR workers
  • SAR Case Studies on specific areas: Urban SAR; Marine SAR; Mine SAR; Humanitarian SAR

Abstract Submission

Closes 13 February 2017


  • A 30 minute oral presentation
  • In the forum – 15-minute presentation followed by group discussion
  • In a panel presentation
  • A poster presentation

Featured Speakers 2017


  • Mr Rich Hungerford, Director/Senior Instructor, Bush Lore Australia
  • Professor Jonathan Roberts, Professor in Robotics Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology


  • Paul McPhun, Executive Director, Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia

Registration Options

ATTEND the ONE DAY Australian & New Zealand SAR CONFERENCE or add it to the TWO DAY  Disaster & Emergency Management Conference


Who Should Attend

From Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific region SAR professionals

  • Federal and State Government
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Department of Maritime Safety and Rescue
  • Federal and State Police
  • Rescue Coordination Centred and Search and Rescue Units
  • SES and Volunteers Organisations
  • Private SAR operators for air searches
  • Private SAR operators for sea
  • The Bureau of Meteorology and weather forecasters
  • Coast Guard and Coast Watch
  • SAR Canine
  • SAR education and trainers
  • Emergency Services
  • First responders to natural disasters
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Industry associations
  • Equipment supplier and service providers

2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Marine Rescue Logo Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) is the state’s official volunteer marine rescue service, committed to our mission of saving lives on the water. MRNSW is one of the largest volunteer marine rescue groups in Australasia with 45 units, 3000 active volunteers and 82 rescue vessels providing a 24/7 marine radio and rescue safety net across the coastline and on key inland waterways.

MRNSW officially took to the water on January 1 2010, the product of a successful merger of three former rescue organisations: the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (marine fleet). 

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