Bush Search and Rescue Victoria is a dedicated volunteer search and rescue service in the state of Victoria, Australia.  We participate in land-based search and rescue for persons lost in bush and alpine areas under the direction of the Victoria Police.

Our searchers include experienced bushwalkers, backcountry and cross-country skiers and mountaineers who have had specialist search and rescue training . We are capable of operating independently in the field for several days.

We are currently updating this website and our BSAR Manual.


Search for missing person near Mount Stirling

Tue 28 Nov 16:55.   Search call-out for BSAR issued for missing person near Mt Stirling. Wed 29 Nov – Thu 30 Nov.  Eight BSAR members participated in search.  Missing person not found. Sat 2 Dec 15:47.   Second call-out for BSAR issued.  Twelve BSAR members confirmed to attend, departing Monday morning. Sun 3 Dec 17:15.   Second call-out cancelled. Searchers …

The Police Search and Rescue Squad turns 60

Congratulations to the Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad on turning 60 this year. Over 60 current and former members of the Squad recently attended a reunion at Williamstown to celebrate. Two special guests were Police Deputy Commissioner Crisp and Stuart Brookes OAM, a foundation member of BSAR and Field Organiser and Police Liaison Officer …

Snakebite advice from the Flying Doctor

The South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service has updated its advice and procedures following the publication of a new snakebite study. The Australian Snakebite Project is the most comprehensive ever carried out, involved over 1500 patients and collated snakebite data from the past 10 years (2005-15).


Bush Search and Rescue Victoria is open to members of Bushwalking Victoria clubs and Bushwalking Victoria Individual Members who meet the experience and age entry requirements listed below. The entry requirements basically ensure that members are competent and experienced bushwalkers, ready to receive specific training in search and rescue techniques.

As a prospective member you need to:

  • be an experienced overnight bushwalker or ski tourer
  • have successfully completed an extended walk of at least four days or more
  • have had snow walking or snow camping experience
  • be a competent off-track navigator
  • be fully equipped for overnight walking
  • be sufficiently fit for prolonged heavy scrub bashing in difficult terrain
  • be at least 18 years of age

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Bush Search and Rescue holds regular training events.  The usual formats are:

General search and rescue training – held each year over a weekend. The format rotates following a three year cycle: bush, snow, bush incorporating a Rogaine.  This is open to all members and Prospective Members.

Alpine search and rescue training – held each year, for members with alpine skills and experience.  This specialist training is not required for all BSAR members.

Steep snow and ice training

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