Missing persons

In Australia a missing person is defined as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and where there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.

A long-term missing person is someone who has been missing for more than three months. In Australia there are over 2,500 people listed as a long term missing person.

Anyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or educational background, may become a missing person; however, adults are more likely to be listed as long-term missing persons.

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is funded by the Federal Government through the AFP. Its mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons and to educate the Australian community about this significant issue.


Missing Persons - sighting

Use this if you believe you have sighted a person who is listed by the police as missing.

For more information, visit: Report a sighting

Missing Persons - provide details

Use this form to provide relevant details about each long-term missing person that are essential for the police and forensic investigation, but may not have been collected or provided previously.

For more information see Missing Persons National DNA Program.


National Missing Persons Coordination Centre
PO Box 401
Canberra City ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 000 634 (toll free)
Fax: (02) 6246 2353
Email the Missing Persons Coordination Centre

If it doesn't add up, speak up. Call the National Security Hotline - 1800 123 400.

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