Water safety

Surf lifesaving


Royal Life Saving national drowning report 2021

This report highlights research and analysis of fatal and non-fatal drowning across Australia between 1st July 2020 and 30th June 2021.

A 10 year national study of overseas born drowning deaths

This research report reveals that 27% of total drowning deaths over the past ten years involved people who were born overseas. This includes recent arrivals, long-term residents, overseas tourists, international students, and those in Australia for work purposes.

Royal Life Saving national drowning report 2017

This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are smart drum lines just a PR exercise?

Humane Society International's Michael Kennedy, claims a test of smart drums to protect swimmers from sharks in NSW is a PR exercise that will threaten other wildlife rather than make the beach safer.

National coastal safety report 2014

Contains a detailed analysis of the Australian coastal safety context for the period of 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014. Introduction
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Can governments protect people from killer sharks?

WA Minister Troy Buswell claims implementing a series of measures to increase safety for swimmers and surfers in Western Australia "does not represent what you would call a culling" of sharks.
Briefing paper

Child deaths - driving in flood waters

During December 2010 and January 2011, Queensland was devastated by a series of natural disasters, with 78% of the state being declared a disaster zone. During this period, six children and young people died in association with floodwaters. Of those, four were in vehicles that...