Towards a nation free from drowning


Australian Water Safety Council

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 2030

The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 will be launched by the Hon Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government on behalf of Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport at Parliament House on Thursday 25 March 2021.

Collective action, partnerships and multisectoral collaboration are key to creating a nation free from drowning.

The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 identifies five priority areas which are key to reducing drowning by 50% by 2030. Supported by guiding principles and enablers, continued focus on these priorities will help us to achieve the strategy's goal of reducing drowning and building water safe communities.

For full details and to download the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 click here.

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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