The 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 will help police in each state and territory to share and match information on missing persons, which was previously limited by the use of localised systems in each jurisdiction.
The NMPVS will also be made available to forensic specialists who work with Australian police and New Zealand police.
Increasing the number of identifications of long-term missing persons will help provide expedient closure for concerned families. It is estimated that 35,000 people are reported missing each year in Australia. While over 95 per cent of people are found within a short period of time, there remain approximately 1,600 long-term missing persons.