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2017 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference

24 MAY 2017, The Star Gold Coast (formerly known as Jupiters Gold Coast)

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held on 24 May at The Star Gold Coast (formerly known as Jupiters 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.



As the Conference Chair, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Australian New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference.

The SAR industry encompasses a diverse group of people, from professionals to volunteers, civilians to law enforcement and military, across every conceivable environment. SAR is carried out on land, at sea and by air, with many specialist sub disciplines in each context. It is important work that’s done on a daily basis by extraordinarily skilled and motivated people.

Building on the success of last year’s conference, SAR2017 has lined up an exciting program of inspiring speakers and captivating presentations. Together with interactive forums, panel discussions, and networking opportunities it will provide delegates with a significant learning experience.

SAR2017 is an ideal platform for SAR practitioners to share ideas, discuss case studies, and take a critical look at some of the new developments in technology that are poised to fundamentally change the way we go about our business. As we strive for continual improvement this conference will encourage cross-pollination of ideas, transfer of information, and new ways of thinking.

On behalf of the Conference Committee I would like to thank you for your interest in what promises to be an outstanding event.

I look forward to meeting you all in May.

Martin Boyle
Conference Chair
Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference

Featured Speakers 2017


  • Mr Rhett Emery, Secretariat, NZSAR
  • Mr Rich Hungerford, Director/Senior Instructor, Bush Lore Australia
  • Assistant Commissioner Rob McNeil, Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations, Fire & Rescue NSW and Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks, Research Fellow, National Centre for Ports and Shipping at the University of Tasmania
  • Ms Louise Proctor, Secretariat, Australian National SAR Council
  • Professor Jonathan Roberts, Professor in Robotics Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
  • Mr Henry van Tuel, President, Coastguard New Zealand

Conference Program Available

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


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