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Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) and the search for MH370

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) was established on 30 March 2014 to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search into missing flight MH370.

The JACC worked with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Geoscience Australia, Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as many other Commonwealth and state government agencies. The JACC also facilitated international engagement, particularly with Malaysia and China.


Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on Saturday, 8 March 2014.

On 17 March 2014 the Australian Government accepted responsibility for initial search operations in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. The search was coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

On 30 March 2014, the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, established the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search for missing flight MH370 (see below).

The Governments of Malaysia, The People's Republic of China, and Australia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, forming a Tripartite and a cost sharing arrangement for an ongoing underwater search for MH370. The JACC also facilitated this arrangement.

Prime Minister's Press Statement

30 March 2014

Media Release issued by The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia

I am pleased to announce that Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC will lead a new Joint Agency Coordination Centre (the JACC) that will be based in Perth to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search into MH370.

A former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Houston is an individual of enormous experience and great skill who has already served his country with distinction.

Australia is providing extensive logistical and other support to the Government of Malaysia in the investigation into MH370.

The new JACC will work with key Commonwealth, state and international stakeholders including the families, friends and international media.

The JACC will ensure that the search being coordinated by AMSA and ATSB is reinforced by strong liaison with all the relevant stakeholders, including the families of the passengers.

The JACC will provide a single contact point for families to gain up-to-date information and travel assistance including visa services, accommodation advice, interpreter services and counselling.  

The Australian Government has already announced that visa fees will be waived for affected families.

This multi-country search is a powerful example of international cooperation at a time of adversity.

Military air crew from Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States are searching for possible debris from MH370.

They have been conducting these searches over a very large area in challenging conditions, far from the Western Australian coast and in variable weather.

Source: Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston to lead Joint Agency Coordination Centre, JACC, 30 March 2014.[1]

JACC Website(s)
  1. Original Website
    The original Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) website has been archived.

    All content formerly hosted on the JACC website is now available from the archive at

  2. Current Website (As at December 2019)
    The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development website contains a section for the Joint Agency Coordination Centre at
    This page links to a Timeline of Significant Actions but does not link to Tripartite Communiqués as the original (archived) site did.

Search Updates and other Media

The surface search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean was coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). When the JACC was established all of AMSA's communications to media, government agencies and diplomatic posts were redirected to, and available from, the JACC.[2]

The JACC's Media page indexes the following:-

  • Media Releases
  • Operational Search Updates
  • Transcripts
  • Reports
  • Communiqués
  • Photos, and
  • Videos

Tripartite Communiqués

Tripartite Communiqués were published on the JACC website.[3] Refer to the article Tripartite for more detail.