Royal Life Saving is the peak water safety body in Australia with the aim to prevent drowning deaths and incidents.

The media plays an important role in helping Royal Life Saving educate the community on staying safe whenever they are in, on or around water. Drowning deaths occur all year round in a variety of water sources including swimming pools, bathtubs, dams, lakes, rivers, beaches and fish ponds so information on water safety is always relevant no matter what the season or location.

Media Contacts

For any media enquiries and needs that you have of Royal Life Saving, simply call Ross Woodward of Media Key on 0409 420 112 or 03 9769 6488. We will seek to assist with state/territory representatives whenever required.

Royal Life Saving can comment on a range of drowning and near-drowning incidents, including those that occur in backyard pools and all inland waterways, as well as "recreational" drowning incidents such as those that occur while the person is boating or rock fishing.

State and Territory Contacts

Each State and Territory member organisation has a representative who is available for local comment (as per the contact details listed below). Please note you may need to contact Ross Woodward to liaise with Branch contacts after hours.

Australia Capital Territory
Cherry O'Connor, Executive Director - Telephone 02 6260 5800 / Email

New South Wales
Telephone 02 9634 3700

Northern Territory
Floss Roberts, Executive Director - Telephone 08 8981 5036 / Email

Michael Darben, Executive Director - Telephone 07 3823 2823 / Email

South Australia
Telephone 08 8234 9244

Telephone 03 6243 7558

Jennifer Arch, Manager Media and Communications - Mobile 0411 193 962 / Email

Western Australia
Greg Tate, General Manager, Community Relations - Telephone 08 9383 9988 / Mobile 0408 929 639 / Email
Lauren Nimmo Telephone, Community Health Manager - Telephone 08 9383 9988 / Mobile 0421 307 600 / Email

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Drowning Reports

Detailed information and statistics on drowning incidents in Australia.

Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. 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.

Royal Life Saving has produced a National Drowning Report every year since 1995.

Fact Sheets

For journalist's needing background information quickly, we have a range of fact sheets available on different water safety topics.

Each fact sheet is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions, a checklist to help prevent drowning in the topic area and real life examples of the issues discussed.

Media Releases

View the latest news items and media releases from Royal Life Saving.

Community Service Announcements

View Royal Life Saving’s important community service announcements aimed at generating greater awareness for water safety and drowning prevention.

Swim and Survive 

Royal Life Saving research shows that one in five kids can't swim the length of an Olympic Swimming Pool not even if their life depended on it. No child should miss out on learning to Swim and Survive. Help Royal Life Saving reduce child drowning.

Keep Watch

On average 35 Australian children under the age of five drown every year. Royal Life Saving is reminding every home pool owner to check, fix and maintain their home pool this summer to help eliminate child drowning.