National missing persons coordination centre

If you are (or have been) reported missing

If you have been reported missing, someone is concerned about your safety and welfare. It is not a crime to go missing, so if you know or suspect that you have been reported missing please contact either your family or a local police station and let them know you are safe and well so police can stop looking for you.

Police will need to see you to ensure that you are safe and well and confirm your identity.

  • If you are over 18 years of age and safe and well your whereabouts cannot be disclosed without your consent. If this is what you choose, Police will tell the person who reported you missing that you have been located, but will state that they do not have the authority to disclose your whereabouts. Police must take this step to ensure proper closure of the missing person case.
  • If you are under 18, the ability of Police to provide information about your whereabouts will depend on the individual circumstances of the disappearance and privacy legislation requirements. Police will not disclose your location if it will endanger you, and if necessary will ensure your safety before they release this information.

The primary concern of Police in missing person investigations is the safety and welfare of the person who has been reported missing.

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