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About Us 

Our vision 

The families and friends of all missing persons in NSW have access to relevant and effective information and support services.


The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) was established in September 2000 and is funded by the New South Wales Government. It is part of Victims Services, NSW Department of Communities and Justice. 

How we work

The FFMPU works closely with both police and non-police tracing organisations. The FFMPU facilitates an Interagency Forum four times per year. This forum brings together government and non-government agencies to ensure that families and friends receive the support and information they require when someone is missing. The FFMPU hosts family forums to empower those who are left behind by increasing their understanding about the role of the unit and the services available to support and assist them.


The FFMPU has adopted the following objectives:

  1. To provide a specialist counselling service to families and friends of missing persons.

  2. To establish and maintain an Interagency Forum across government and non-government agencies.

  3. To provide an information, referral and support service for families and friends of missing persons.

  4. To develop relevant policies.

  5. To promote administrative, legislative and social reform.

  6. To produce high quality publications to assist families and friends of missing persons.

  7. To raise community awareness regarding the issues affecting families and friends of missing persons.