Search agencies

FFMPU does not search for people. We provide information, support and counselling to families and friends of missing people.

A missing person is defined by police as: "Anyone whose current whereabouts are unknown and there are fears for their safety or concerns for the welfare of that person."

Some search options and agencies are listed below or you can Contact Us for referral information.

Making a Police Missing Person's Report

If you hold concerns for the safety or welfare of a person whose whereabouts are unknown you can report them missing at your local police station:

  • You do not have to wait 24 hours; you can report as soon as you have concerns
  • You can make the report at any police station regardless of where the person went missing
  • You do not have to be a family member to report someone missing
  • People of any age can be reported missing

The following information sheet provides information about missing persons' reports in NSW and a list of information that might be useful to take with you to the police station: When someone is missing: Making a police report and assisting the investigation

To find your local police station, click on the relevant link: NSW | ACT | VIC | Qld | SA | WA | NT
If you live overseas and are concerned about the safety or welfare of someone missing in Australia, attend your local police station to make a missing person's report.

If an Australian is missing overseas

If you hold concerns for the safety or welfare of an Australian missing overseas you can make a missing person's report at your local police station.

The following resources provide relevant information:

Police Missing Persons Units

NSW Police Missing Persons Unit (NSWPOL MPU) oversees the investigation of missing persons' searches and enquiries relating to those who were last seen in NSW. The unit provides operational support to NSW police in the field who search for missing people. Ph: 1800 025 091; E:missingpersons@police.nsw.gov.au

NSWPOL MPU displays profiles of people reported missing in NSW (where media authority has been provided) on the Missing Persons Enquiry System. If you have questions about adding the details of a missing person to the Enquiry System please speak with the officer in charge of the investigation.

Other State and Territory Police Missing Persons Units are listed here.

If you require an update about a current police investigation contact the police officer in charge of the investigation.

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), Australian Federal Police

NMPCC was established in 2006 to drive national coordination in response to missing persons in Australia, and to complement the investigative role of State and Territory police. Its mandate is to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia.

Ph: 1800 000 634. E: missing@afp.gov.au; Web: www.missingpersons.gov.au; and Facebook.

The NMPCC hosts the Australian National Register - a website that profiles missing persons' cases across the country, where the person has been missing for more than three months. If you have a question about adding a missing person's profile to the Australian National Register, please speak with the police officer in charge of the investigation.

Other Search Agencies

Below are some non-police search agencies. If there is an active police missing person's investigation it is important to inform the officer in charge if you are using other search services.

Red Cross

If you have been separated from family by war, disaster or migration, the Red Cross might be able to help you. Contact the Red Cross at: tracing@redcross.org.au or Phone: 1800 875 199 (free call from anywhere in Australia). If you live overseas, see the Restoring Family Links website.

International Social Service (ISS) Australia

ISS provides a range of services, including tracing and reunification services and social work and legal assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction. To find out more see their website.

Link-Up (NSW)

Link-Up (NSW) provides a range of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Reunification and Family-Link programs. To find out more see their website. Other state and territory Link-Up services are listed here.

Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN)

MPAN creates awareness for missing people, as well as providing practical support to their families and friends. MPAN have an online guide of what to do when someone disappears.  Email: info@mpan.com.au; Website: www.mpan.com.au; and Facebook.

Australian Missing Persons Register

A free Australian website and Facebook page created to raise awareness of missing persons to the public.