Following notification of the safety issue by the ATSB, on 14 November 2013 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority advised that:
AMSA and Airservices have agreed to conduct a comprehensive review of their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), including the air traffic service requirements for support from Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft, to ensure the effectiveness of collaborative in-flight emergency responses. The review is anticipated to be completed during the first quarter of 2014.
AMSA will also update its SAR procedures manual in consultation with Airservices and if appropriate will issue updated guidance on communications between SAR aircraft and the air traffic service.
The ATSB is satisfied that a joint review of inter-agency agreements, with a focus on coordination of in-flight emergency responses and communication, should lead to improvements that adequately address the safety issue. The ATSB will continue to monitor the safety issue.