Who are we?

ORRCA stands for the Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia. Put simply, our primary focus is the rescue, preservation, conservation and welfare of Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Dugongs in Australian waters.

We are the only volunteer wildlife rehabilitation group in New South Wales licensed to be involved with marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and release. Our members come from all walks of life, age groups and nationalities.  

Our organisation offers the community one of the most experienced and successful whale, dolphin, seal and dugong rescue teams in Australia. We are also proud that today, we have rescue trained teams in Western Australia and Queensland available to support local authorities should a marine mammal incident arise.  

All members within ORRCA are volunteers

We operate as a non-profit organisation and have charity status. 

It is because of the generosity of the public providing donations, and the love and passion of people wanting to get involved and learn about these amazing animals, that ORRCA exists on its own two flippers today. 

It is through our forever growing membership base and our highly commended rescue training workshops coupled with the strength and dedication of our Committee that ORRCA has achieved extraordinary things over the past 30 years.  

View our constitution here.

ORRCA operates a 24 hour Rescue Hotline for the public to report any injured or stranded whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs. 
Simply call 02 9415 3333.

The ORRCA Rescue Hotline is the organisations lifeline!  

The Rescue Hotline is the first point of contact people have with our organisation. Be it a whale or seal emergency, a local incident, someone wanting information on the organisation or simply a member of the public asking a question, the Rescue Hotline gets it all, from near and far!

Please report all whale, dolphin, seal and dugong sightings into our Rescue Hotline team on 02 9415 3333. 

We are always in need of individuals to assist on the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on an occasional, casual or regular basis. If this important role sounds like something you would like to help out with, Contact Us today!

No qualifications needed

Our members come from all walks of life, age groups, nationalities and career backgrounds. If you have the passion for whales, dolphins, or seals and respect the ORRCA Constitution, you are welcome to apply to become a member! (you must be over 15 years old. If you are under 18, conditions apply so please email the team)

To become a member, simply click on the link below and complete the application process; 

Become an ORRCA member today!


24/7 Rescue Hotline

(02) 9415 3333

BSB: 082 387    
Account: 653079879

Our 2019 Committee

Executive Committee:
President Jacqueline O'Neill
Vice President Leesa Pratt
Second VP Jools Farrell
Treasurer Michelle Toms
Secretary Ashley Ryan

Committee Members:
Wayne Reynolds
Leigh Mansfield
Heather McMurrin
Molly O’Halloran
Ben Nix