This intergovernmental agreement is part of the national maritime disaster plan. The question is how Australia will handle possible accidents at sea around the Australian coast and in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The agreement was signed by all Australian states. Nothing in this agreement mitigates the need to maintain this high level of cooperation among all stakeholders in order to respond in a timely and effective manner to real pollution incidents, including the provision of equipment and qualified personnel when needed. Australian Search and Rescue Region. Image: www.amsa.gov.au 2 National Search – Rescue Manual 2014. With: natsar.amsa.gov.au/natsar-manual.asp. Read the intergovernmental agreement on the national agreement on emergency response at sea. Over the past two centuries, every state and territory in Australia has developed its own SAR practices. Much of it was made ad hoc with the resources available at the time. After the signing of the aforementioned conventions, there was a gradual move towards unification that led to the creation of a national conference in 1976 to ensure consistency of procedures throughout the Australian search and rescue region. In 1999, the conference was officially named the National Search and Rescue Council and was tasked with formulating, discussing and ratifying national search and rescue operations.

The Profile of the Council was reinforced by the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on the National Search and Rescue Response Agreement (IGA), signed by the Australian Government`s Ministers of Transport and Justice and Ministers of State/Police. This agreement was updated and signed in 2012 (National SAR Manual 2014). As a result of these agreements, the Council provides national leadership and coordination of sar policy and cooperation agreements between the various Sar authorities. The Council also holds the NATIONAL RAD manuals on behalf of the nation. Australia has an intergovernmental agreement with Australian states and territories on the national plan to combat sea pollution from oil and other harmful and dangerous substances. Note 2: In Queensland, it is recognized that the offshore jurisdiction between the Commonwealth and the state is particularly complex because of the many islands and wharves within the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait.