Media

Media

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

Royal Life Saving is always happy to assist members of the media in any way we can and we welcome media enquiries.  In the first instance, if you have a media enquiry, kindly ring Media Key on 03 9769 6488 (the number diverts after hours so it is 24 hour/7 days a week service).  

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 Bailey, Executive Director - Telephone 02 6260 5800 / Email cbailey@rlssa.org.au

New South Wales
Telephone 02 9634 3700

Northern Territory
Floss Roberts, Executive Director - Telephone 08 8981 5036 / Email froberts@rlssa.org.au

Queensland
Paul Barry, Executive Director - Telephone 07 3823 2823 / Email paulbarry@rlssq.com.au

South Australia
Telephone 08 8234 9244

Tasmania
Telephone 03 6243 7558

Victoria
Mobile  0411 193 962 / Email: media@lsv.com.au

Western Australia
Samantha Vigus, Manager Marketing Communications, Telephone 08 9383 8200 / Mobile 0434 626 144 / Email svigus@royallifesavingwa.com.au

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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.

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.

The Talk

People over 55 are at an increased risk of Drowning. To combat this, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia has launched "The Talk" campaign. This campaign encourages people to talk to their parents and grandparents about how to reduce their risk of drowning through some simple safety measures.

Respect the River

Between 2002 and 2012, 735 people drowned in Australian rivers, creeks and streams, making rivers the leading location for drowning in Australia. Royal Life Saving has developed the Respect the River campaign to raise awareness of the risks of our rivers in the hope of saving lives. Please share and spread the Respect the Rivers message!!