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Missing persons

Our National Missing Persons and Victim System (NMPVS) provides police and other law enforcement agencies with the ability to undertake national searches on long-term missing persons, unidentified human remains, and disaster victim identification.

This national solution helps police in each state and territory share and match information on missing persons, which was previously limited by the use of localised systems in each jurisdiction.

The NMPVS is also available to forensic specialists who work with Australian police and New Zealand police for the victim identification in the event of a disaster.

Increasing the number of identifications of long-term missing persons will help provide some closure for concerned families. It is estimated that 38,000 people are reported missing each year in Australia.

Last updated
2 November 2018