This audit would examine whether the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is effectively managing the search and rescue aircraft contract, including the extent to which the contract provides value for money to the Australian Government.

Following a tender process, in late 2016 Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd began providing a search and rescue service under contract to AMSA. The contract is for a period of 12 years with an option to continue for up to a further three years.