For education and support

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) develops a number of publications to educate, inform and support families and friends of missing persons, police, professionals and the general public.

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The SOS Guide: Missing Persons

Every missing person investigation will be different depending on the individual circumstances of a disappearance. The SOS Guide: Missing Persons (2017) (5 MB) has been developed to provide general guidance on how to navigate legal and practical matters during the disappearance of a family member or friend.


Supporting those left behind

Providing support to families and friends of missing persons is a role that can fall to police, support agencies, health practitioners, or other family and friends.

There is currently no model of counselling that allows health practitioners and professionals to adequately explore the specific needs of families who are left behind. While there is grief support available, it does not take into account the long-term ramifications of never gaining closure when a loved one's location remains unknown.

In response to this, the NMPCC has developed Supporting those who are left behind (2007) (PDF 1MB). This national counselling framework aims to assist health practitioners and professionals in understanding the trauma and impact on families of missing persons and how they can best support those who are left behind.

Factsheets - Using the media

Using the media

Missing Person - Richard ROE

Richard ROE

Richard was 40-years-old at the time of his disappearance and was last seen on 2 November 2016.

Richard’s vehicle, a 2004 Holden Commodore station wagon, was later...

Missing Person Daniel Mountwitten


Daniel, a dual Australian/Israel citizen, was travelling in India, and at the time of his disappearance was sharing a room in a guest house in the village of Challal in the...

Missing person from SA Andrew Hobbs

Andrew HOBBS

Andrew Hobbs was last seen at his home address in Clarence Gardens on Tuesday, 1 May 2018.  There was a sighting of Andrew at 4.45pm this same day on the southern side of...

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