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 four 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.
Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020: Towards a Nation Free From Drowning
The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 was launched by the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport in conjunction with the Australian Water Safety Council (AWSC) at Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday 28 April 2016.
The Strategy continues the AWSC’s goal of reducing fatal drowning by 50% by the year 2020. It outlines priority areas in which Australian peak water safety bodies Royal Life Saving, Surf Life Saving and AUSTSWIM, AWSC Members and Federal, State/Territory and Local Governments must work together to prevent drowning.
The Strategy identifies 11 goals across three priority areas where action is required in order to achieve a 50% reduction in drowning by the year 2020.
For full details and to download the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 click here.