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.

For updates on searches and other topics see News


2018 Annual Training at Chewton – June 23-24

BSAR’s annual training weekend was held on 23-24 June 2018 at Chewton. The weekend provided BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for search and rescue. The program included map and compass bush navigation and a GPS exercise on Saturday, and participation on the VRA 6 hour Rogaine on Sunday. The …

TRAINING ADVICE: 2018 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice at The Razorback

Training for BSAR members with Steep Snow and Ice rating, and those seeking it. 27, 28, 29 July 2018 Who should attend? BSAR members with SSI rating “T” (technical leader) or “C” (competent). Full BSAR members interested in acquiring SSI rating. Members will receive an email with registration details. Note:  Registrations close 16th Jul 2018. Late registrations …


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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