What We Do

Australian Search and Rescue K9 Inc. (ASAR-K9) is an organisation of committed volunteers based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We train handler and dog teams to respond to emergencies to find people missing in the bush or country areas, a discipline called search and rescue (SAR). We are dedicated to training teams for this unique and valuable search service, provided to the community free of charge.

Originally founded in 1995, the organisation has been one of the pioneers of canine search and rescue in Australia. ASAR-K9 focuses solely on land SAR to assist Victoria Police in locating missing persons.

Through our membership with the International Search and Rescue Organisation (IRO), we have access to highly qualified and experienced trainers using proven and evolving training methodology. We access this knowledge through a combination of Australian based seminars led by international trainers, and through member attendance at workshops and practical exercises.

We also attend SAR exercises, symposiums and workshops in Australia and overseas led by other SAR and general canine training experts to ensure that all ASAR-K9 members have access to current international best practice.

ASAR-K9 is part of Victoria’s SAR capability as outlined in the State Emergency Management Plan. Deployment of our teams is initiated solely by Victoria Police. We work together with Victoria Police, State Emergency Service (SES) and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).