Navshield 2024: 20-21 July 2024

Every year NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue organises and runs the Australian Emergency Services Wilderness Navigation Shield or Navshield.

The 2024 event will be held 20-21 July 2024

This premier navigation event attracts entries from local, interstate and overseas organisations, including:

  • VRA, both regional and specialist squads
  • Police including Police Rescue
  • Ambulance and Special Operations Team
  • Rural Fire Service
  • Other emergency services including rescue helicopters and medical teams
  • Armed Forces
  • Bushwalking Clubs
  • and others

Age restrictions: All participants must be >18yrs old

Participants are required to sign an acknowledgement of risk and risk waiver.

The event is acknowledged to be an important training event for the NSW emergency services. Entry is open to all groups that participate in search and rescue activities. Bushwalking Clubs, outdoor groups and Members of Rogaining Associations are also welcome.

Participants test their bush and compass navigation abilities in an overnight event through 100 square km of wilderness terrain a few hours drive from Sydney, Australia. The location of the event is different each year.

NSW SES Bush Search & Rescue is a specialist unit of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES).

View 2023 Navshield Photos


Please try to answer your registration questions by reading through the above sections carefully. However, if you have any questions which are not answered in the registration information then please contact us at

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