Provide information about a missing person


Crime Stoppers Victoria

Crime Stoppers Victoria work closely with Victoria Police to provide valuable information to help solve crime, relying on a close partnership with the community to make this happen.  They also play a significant role supporting Australians in times of crisis, helping identify missing persons and gather community intelligence.  Crime Stoppers Victoria works with the Victorian Government, Federal Government, Victoria Police and other non-for-profit organisations in developing and delivering crime detection campaigns, including prevention and education programs on topics such as youth violence.

If you:

  • know where a person is and who has been reported as missing, or
  • have information about a missing person, or
  • have information relating to the disappearance of a missing person, or
  • have seen a missing person

Please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Your Local Police.  All information will be treated as confidential.

After you have provided Crime Stoppers with missing person information via their online 'Report Crime Information' process, it is checked over by Crime Stoppers operators to make sure nothing can identify you.  The information is then passed across to the relevant Victoria Police Criminal Investigation Unit to investigate.  All of the information that you provide to Crime Stoppers remains confidential.

Police need to physically sight a missing person to confirm the bonafidity of the person.  Police will not divulge the missing person's whereabouts to relatives and friends, without their consent.

To provide information about a missing person, visit Crime Stoppers Victoria


Useful Websites

Links to useful websites of organisations and government agencies that provide professional help and support services to families and friends of missing persons.


Victoria Police information and resources:

Authority For Media Release information or image of missing person  – form authorising Victoria Police to release information and/or images of a missing person to media outlets to assist in locating that person.

Brochure – Reporting a Missing Person is translated in 27 languages for culturally and linguistically diverse communities with information on how to report a missing person.

Easy English Guide – How to Report a Missing Person is a resource guide on how to report a missing person to assist people who may have difficulty reading or understanding English or who may have cognitive or intellectual disabilities.

Local Police Station guide – telephone and address details for all police stations located in Victoria can be found in the Your Local Police section of the Victoria Police website, to assist in locating your nearest police stations when filing a missing persons report.

Media Guide for Families and Friends provides information about media behaviour and expectations to assist family and friends during difficult times.

Victoria Police News – Rewards  announced by Victoria Police for information that leads to a conviction surrounding the suspicious disappearance, death or murder of a person which has yet to be solved.


Government agencies:

Australian Federal Police coordinates 'Missing Persons' in Australia. It creates public awareness while reducing the impact of missing persons within the community.

Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) provides emergency consular services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world.

Coroners Court of Victoria understands the impact coronial investigations may have on family and friends. The Coroners Court offers experienced staff who can provide assistance during this difficult time and referral information and advice for external counselling and support agencies who can assist with grief and loss experiences.

Crime Stoppers Victoria is a charitable organisation, and can be contacted anonymously day or night with any information about a crime, wanted person or missing person connected to a crime.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – 4.13 Missing Person Procedures may be able to help if an Australian has gone missing overseas. It can only help if other methods of contact, including police, have been unsuccessful and there is reason to be concerned for the person’s safety and welfare. 

Department of Health Victoria assesses mental health services of all Adult, Aged Child and Disability Mental Health Services Areas in Victoria.

Department of Human Services Victoria supports Victorians in need to build better lives and achieve their potential.  The department takes a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach, working with community services sector partners to provide housing and community services for individuals and families to help them get their lives back on track.

Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria provides victims support services that assist families of missing persons and victims of crime in what is a very stressful and traumatic time.

Family and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) is a unique unit funded by the NSW Government as part of the Department of Justice and provides information, counselling and support groups from trained professionals for families and friends of missing persons.  Whilst this service is located in NSW, their counselling services are available to anyone, anywhere in Australia.  Services include information and publications on missing people and those left behind.

Family Violence - Department of Human Services help is available for those who have experienced family violence. Family violence includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, damage to property, social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

Frequently Asked Questions (NMPCC) – a comprehensive list of questions and answers can be located on the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre website

INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) – each INTERPOL member country maintains a National Central Bureau linking national police with their global network.  Staffed by highly trained national law enforcement officers, NCBs are the lifeblood of INTERPOL, contributing to their criminal databases and cooperating together on cross-border investigations, operations and arrests.

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) supports the work of State and Territory police in the investigation of missing persons. The Centre is funded by the Australian Federal Police through the Australian Government, and established based on the need for strong leadership in the sector of missing persons, facilitation of information sharing between police agencies, and the promotion of awareness raising initiatives within the Australian community.

Publications – National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) develops a number of publications, such as ‘A Guide for Families of Missing Persons’ to educate, inform and support families and friends of missing persons, police, professionals and the general public.

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) is established by legislation to provide financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria. VOCAT assists victims to recover from a crime by providing financial assistance for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the crime.

Victims of Crime Helpline 1800 819 817 is the official Victorian Government Helpline for people affected by crime.  Get free information and support to help you manage the effects of crime and guide you through the legal process.

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is an institution focused on forensic medicine and science, serving the community and the courts. VIFM has a statutory responsibility to provide independent forensic medical and scientific expertise to the justice system, tissue for transplantation and to both teach and undertake research that will benefit the community.


Professional help and support services:

Alzheimer’s Australia and the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 provides information and support services across Australia for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends, and for the wider community concerned about memory loss.

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria - Dementia Centre provides a diverse range of services through an informed and dedicated team. The Dementia Centre believes it is possible to make a significant difference to effective care through consultancy, design advice and enforcement, and customised training.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Counselling and Support Service provides a state wide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them. The service offers face-to-face bereavement counselling most of which is office-based, as well as bereavement support programs such as support groups, information resources and remembrance events.

Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) conducts inquiries, also known as references, into areas of law at the request of the Attorney-General of Australia. Based on its research and consultations throughout an inquiry, the ALRC makes recommendations to government so that government can make informed decisions about law reform.  ALRC recommendations do not automatically become law, however over 85 per cent of ALRC reports have been either substantially or partially implemented—making it one of the most effective and influential agents for legal reform in Australia.

Australian Missing Persons Register raises awareness and provides information about missing persons from every state and territory in Australia.

Anglicare Victoria provides a specialised loss and grief counselling service for people of all ages who are bereaved or experiencing other types of loss.  Fees are structured to ensure everyone is able to access counselling support.

Beyond Blue is a national, independent, non-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.  Beyond Blue is a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments with the key goal to promote good health, raise community awareness in reducing the stigma and discrimination of such illnesses, and provides support and information on anxiety, depression and suicide.

Connections Uniting Care offers a broad range of support programs and services to help families, children, individuals and young people in need that live in south-east Melbourne, and who seek to create opportunities and build resilience to break the cycle of disadvantaged and vulnerability through collaboration.

Grief Support Services – Better Health Channel provides counselling, support and education to bereaved individuals and families.

Headspace Australia is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.  The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing, such as, mental health, physical health, work and study support, alcohol and other drug services.

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) is a global movement to promote the safety and well-being of children. The Global Missing Children Network is a subsidiary organisation of ICMEC that focuses on international missing children.

International Social Service Australia (ISS) provides social work and legal services to families, children and adults across international borders.  Services include family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, kinship care and other child welfare matters, and assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction.

Kids Helpline is a free 24 hour counselling service for kids and young people aged 5-25 years, and provides help over the phone or online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Australia wide.

‘Leave A Light On’ Inc | Facebook is a national organisation focused on raising awareness of all missing persons in Australia and shows support to families and friends of missing loved ones by asking community to never forget.

Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14 Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Link-Up Aboriginal Corporation (Victoria) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 18, who were adopted, placed in foster care or institutionalised to find and be reunited with their family, traditional culture and country.  Link-Up Victoria also supports those who are looking for family who were adopted, fostered or placed in institutions.  Among its services are family research, family tracing, reunions, group healing programs and activities.

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre – ‘SAFE KEEPING’ Guide enables family and friends of missing persons to effectively manage their affairs and outlines support services available to help following the disappearance of a loved one.

Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) creates awareness for missing persons and offers practical support and advice for those left behind.  MPAN have developed an online guide of what to do when someone goes missing, and tries to establish corporate partnerships in order to increase visibility of the issue whilst lessening the financial impact on those searching.

Reach Out provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times, and work with young people and experts to deliver mental health services online.

Red Cross - The Tracing Service in Australia is part of the International Red Cross Red Crescent global tracing network, which aims to help people find family and re-establish contact between separated and long lost family members and clarify the fate of the missing.

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities, and aims to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.

Salvation Army Family Tracing Service uses a wide international and local network to bring families back together and reunite loved ones.

SANE Australia provides information about mental health and illness, including treatments, support, and how you can help yourself.

Sexual Assault – Department of Human Services provide direct services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault. Services include crisis care responses, counselling, casework, group-work, advocacy and a statewide after-hours telephone crisis service. Agencies also provide community awareness, education and professional consultation services that work towards the prevention and early identification of sexual assault.

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.

Support Services for Victims of Crime – The Victorian Government’s Victims of Crime Helpline offer free information, advice and support for you and your family, and referral to victims of crime.  Contacting the helpline is the first step to receiving a range of free services to help you manage the effects of crime.

Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS) provides professional interpreting and translating services for business and government, as well as, personal document translation for individuals.

Victims of Crime Compensation and Counselling Services (VOCCS) is a private entity providing referral services to experienced solicitors & psychologists specialising in crime compensation. VOCCS helps facilitate state government funded entitlements to victims of crime and has successfully assisted in over 10,000 crime compensation applications in Melbourne Victoria & Australia.

Windermere is an independent community service organisation working across south east Victoria to help those who need it most, creating a stronger, more connected and supported community.  Windermere support comes in many forms working together to find the right solutions for the many and varied complex issues faced by children, families and individuals in our community.

Youth Beyond Blue is a dedicated site for youth.  Provides information, resources and support for young people dealing with depression and/or anxiety, including advice and information for when experiencing grief and loss of a loved one.