• Conference Secretariat 07 5502 2068
  • sar@anzdmc.com.au

Opportunity to present


The 5th Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference will be held at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast on Friday 14 June 2019.

The conference theme for 2019 will be SAR Never Sleeps  –  Past, Present and Future of Search & Rescue. Topics at the conference will include multi-agency collaboration, communication, critical skills, leadership and decision making while considering resilience, health and the well being of SAR personnel. Presenters at this annual conference will share lessons learnt and how the lessons have been implemented through identification of insights and response to coordination of search and rescues.

The 2019 program will incorporate over 25 thought provoking presentations providing opportunity to collaborate, network and learn.

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference will be held on Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 June 2019.

Featured Speakers 2019


Ms Abigail Trewin, Director Preparedness, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, AUSMAT International Deployments
Dr Katrina Sanders, Chief Medical Officer People, Safety & Security, Australian Federal Police


Senior Constable Barry Shepherd, New Zealand Police
Senior Constable Conrad Smith, New Zealand Police
Mr Kel Boers BM OAM, Leading Senior Constable – Marine Support Capability, Australian Federal Police

Conference Topics

Search & Rescue
SAR Communication and Technology
Resilience, Health & Wellbeing
Leadership & decision making
Lessons Learnt, Linking past and present to future

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: 11 September 2018
    Abstracts close: 1 March 2019
    Notification to authors: 15 March 2019
    Author acceptances due: 22 March 2019
    Draft program available: 26 March 2019
    Presentation amendments: 19 April 2019
    Presenter registration and payment: 1 May 2019
    Early bird registrations close: 1 May 2019

Who Should Attend

  • Emergency Services, Police, Fire, Ambulance
    Volunteer Organisations
    Air and Sea Search and Rescue
    Surf Life Saving
    State Government/ Local Government/ Policymakers/ Councils
    University/ Academic/ Research
    Weather/ Bureau
    Health Services
    Front line workers
    Training Organisations
    Equipment Providers

Program Advisory Committee

  • Mr Martin Boyle, CEM – Field Support and Emergency Management Coordinator, Australian Antarctic Division (Conference Chair)
  • Mr Rhett Emery, NSSP Coordinator, New Zealand Search and Rescue Council
  • Mr Stephen Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
  • Ms Louise Proctor, Senior Advisor Response Planning, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Assistant Commissioner Stephen Smith, Assistant Commissioner, South Western Region, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Queensland State Search & Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
  • Mr Dean Storey, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Rescue NSW

Learning Outcomes

On completion of your attendance at the 2019 Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference we are confident you will walk away with a wide range of key facts, findings and experiences that will assist your role and organisation within the search and rescue sector.

Your top five (5) ‘take home’ learning outcomes* include:

  1. Identification, intervention and prevention in a whole system approach to reducing the impact of SAR and trauma incidents
  2. Discover emerging satellite products, technologies and what the future holds to ensure appropriate products are selected to improve safety and search management
  3. Changes in demographics, technology, economy, politics, and the environment that affect the SAR sector
  4. Broaden your knowledge on how emergency response agencies control risks through hazard awareness, procedures, PPE and training
  5. Trends and new learnings on a collaborative approach for SAR professional practitioners, volunteers, general aviation aircraft, shipping and the public

*Please note that these learning outcomes may vary due to your varied attendance.


Conference Committee would like to thank the 2018 Featured Speakers 


  • Superintendent Cameron Edgar, Zone Manager, NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopters
  • Mr Dave Greenberg, Emergency Management Consultant
  • Ms Lisa Marie Jackson, Manager Standards & Review, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Queensland State Search & Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
  • Paul Carlyon, Surf Lifeguard, Clinical Psychologist, and member of Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Board of Directors
  • Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, Commander, Marine Area Command, NSW Police
  • Mr Jamie Hansen, Operations Manager, Performance Improvement, Country Fire Authority Force

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors



In 2014 Mark was appointed by the Police Minister to Chair, the NSW Safer Waters Sub-Committee to address Coastal and Inland water drowning. Under the auspice of this committee a project to address `Rock Fishing Fatalities’ has led to the introduction of the Rock Fishing Safety Bill, 2016.

  • Conference 2018


Rich Hungerford is a former Australian SAS soldier who now teaches survival, tracking and bushcraft skills at his Bush Lore Australia Survival School in Queensland, Australia. With over twenty-five years of professional survival and tracking training and experience Rich has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and been there and done it. Accordingly, survival is not just a hobby or an interest for Rich, it is what he does.

  • Conference 2018


When does abstract submission close?
Can I make a group registration?

If you are registering 3 or more delegates, please contact the secretariat regarding your registration.

When does early bird registration close?

Earlybird Registration closes: 5.00pm AEST Wednesday 1 May 2019. A discount is available for registrations received and paid before 5.00pm AEST Wednesday 1 May 2019. Registrations not paid by that date will be re-invoiced at the standard rate.