In undertaking its role in coordinating whole-of-Australian Government information, messaging and activities, the JACC works with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Geoscience Australia, Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as many other Commonwealth and state government agencies. The JACC also facilitates international engagement, particularly with Malaysia and China.
Both Malaysia and China have sent experts to Australia, to participate in the day-to-day work of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, as well as working together with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Geoscience Australia in relation to the complex bathymetry task and the upcoming underwater search.
On 30 March 2014, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, established the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search into missing flight MH370.
On 5 May 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Truss announced that the JACC would relocate from Perth to Canberra to ensure ongoing close communication with high level representatives of Malaysia and China. The focus of operations remains off the coast of Western Australia and all activities can be quickly relocated to Perth if required.
In the recent Federal Budget, the Government announced it will provide up to $89.9 million over two years from 2013–14 as part of Australia's contribution to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370:
- $27.9 million to Department of Defence for search costs;
- $2.0 million to Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the costs of establishing the Joint Agency Coordination Centre; and
- up to $60.0 million to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for Australia's contribution to the next phase of the search.
The actual cost will depend on a number of factors, including the outcome of procurement processes for specialist services, the length of the search and the extent of contributions from other countries.
On 28 August 2014, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Malaysian Minister for Transport Dato' Seri Liow Tiong Lai signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Australia in relation to MH370. The Malaysian Government has committed to matching Australia's costs in the underwater search for MH370.