Health, Social and Economic Value of Aquatic Industry
The social, health and economic benefits of the aquatic industry to Australia are worth more than $9 billion, a new report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers has found.

The Health Social and Economic Value of the National Aquatic Industry

Report Highlights Video

See an overview of the report and major findings at the below video:

About the Report

The report, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers and commissioned by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, looked at the 2,113 publicly accessible aquatic facilities across the country, finding almost 90 percent of Australians live within a 20-minute drive of their nearest pool.

The report reinforces the myriad of ways that the aquatic industry benefits the Australian community and found that the industry:

  • Contributes $9.1billion annually in combined economic, health and social benefits
  • Is a driver of economic activity throughout Australia, employing the equivalent of 33,600 full time employees and adding $2.8 billion to gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Is a generator of $2.5 billion in health benefits, ranging across a reduction in the burden of disease, improved mental health outcomes, reduced absenteeism, and fewer childhood drownings
  • Is a provider of $3.8 billion’s worth of social benefits such as: enhancing an individual’s leisure time or creating increased life satisfaction; by bringing people together; supporting more vulnerable groups; and supporting early learning
  • Saves 7,479 disability adjusted life years every year
  • Provides a social return on investment of $4.87 for every dollar spent operating an aquatic facility in a capital city or $2.18 in regional Australia
  • Employs over 67,000 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the sport and recreation sector
  • Provides highly accessible leisure, fitness and learning to the 89% of Australians who live within 20 minutes’ drive of a public pool
  • Generates valuable economic activity throughout regional Australia, as 57% of aquatic facilities are located outside of capital cities