Monday, July 27, 2015

The Australian Water Safety Council is deeply committed to drowning prevention in Australia and is a collective voice for Australia’s leading water safety organisations.

The Australian Water Safety Council (AWSC) was officially formed in February 1998 as a result of strong industry consultation and Federal Government support.

The Council acts as a consultative forum comprising the major water safety and related government agencies and focuses on the presentation of key water safety issues to governments, industry and the community.

The Australian Water Safety Council does not represent an additional layer of organisational bureaucracy and does not receive funding directly. The Council provides a collective voice for its member organisations.  It liaises closely with kindred bodies at State, National & International levels.

The AWSC is committed to improving Water Safety in Australia as demonstrated through the production and implementation of three National Water Safety Plans. These plans have generated bipartisan support for Water Safety in Australia and have seen the improvement of Water Safety throughout the country. The AWSC member bodies continue to demonstrate their commitment to Water Safety by directing resources of their respective organisations towards the development and implementation of the Australian Water Safety Strategy.

Launched on Monday June 4th, 2012, the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2012-15 aims for a 50% reduction in drowning deaths by the year 2020. The Australian Water Safety Council (AWSC) believes this ambitious undertaking is entirely achievable through a strong, collaborative and evidence based approach.

National Drowning Prevention Summit 2014

The AWSC will host the National Drowning Prevention Summit 2014 in Sydney on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 August 2014 at the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney. The Summit will bring a vital focus to the Australian Water Safety Council’s goal of ‘Reducing drowning deaths by 50% by 2020’. A series of symposiums will provide a forum for those working in the water safety and drowning prevention sector to review the progress of the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2012-15, with the expectation that the Summit will identify the critical steps needed to achieve this goal.

Background - Water Safety Conferences/Workshops

The AWSC have undertaken seven Water Safety Conferences:

  • 5 May 1998 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
  • 22 November 2000 at Canberra Convention Centre
  • 22-23 September 2003 at Bondi in Sydney
  • 17-18 August 2006 at the Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise Queensland
  • 15-16 May 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour Sydney
  • 13-14 May 2010 at the Novotel Hotel Brighton Le Sands Sydney 
  • 4-5 June 2012 at the Novotel Hotel Brighton Le Sands Sydney

All conferences involved a broad cross-section of the Australian Water Safety Community which included representatives of government departments, agencies and statutory authorities from throughout Australia.

The recommendations and spirit of cooperation engendered at the Conference in September 2003 was incorporated into the 2004-2007 National Water Safety Plan which was released in September 2004.

Recommendations from the 2006 Conference and the AWSC Planning Workshop held in 2007, were used as the basis for the development of the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2008-2011.

The Australian Water Safety Council released the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2012-2015 at the Conference in 2012, which aims to reduce drowning deaths across Australia by 50% by 2020 with the ultimate aim of achieving a nation free from drowning.

Contact Us


For information about the Australian Water Safety Council contact:

Australian Water Safety Council

PO Box 558
Broadway  NSW  2007

Ph:  (02)  8217 3111
Fax: (02) 8217 3199


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