BUT, in the UNLIKELY EVENT of >> becoming separated
Always regroup at track junctions and maintain sight contact on untracked or poorly marked routes. With larger groups use an appointed whip. It is generally safer to encourage slower members to walk toward the front of a group, and special care is needed with children who inevitably like to run ahead.
If your party becomes separated, a search should be undertaken in the immediate area and the location where the missing persons were last seen or likely to have made a wrong decision. However, if they are not found within 3-4 hours (longer in a remote area) it is unlikely that your party will have the resources to undertake a full scale search and you will need to seek external assistance. If communication by phone is not possible, a competent subgroup should be sent for the nearest help, with others remaining as visible as possible near the last point of contact.
The police are responsible for all search and rescue operations in Victoria, and should be the first source of contact for assistance in an emergency.