The Royal Life Saving National Fatal Drowning Database continues to be a valuable resource for drowning prevention research and advocacy efforts.

The database features detailed variables on the circumstances of all unintentional fatal drowning deaths that have occurred in Australian waterways since 1 July 2002.

The Database is used to provide advice to Coroners, Federal, State and Local Governments, by institutions and the Australian Water Safety Council for the formulation of Australian Water Safety Strategies.

The drowning prevention research of the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia is supported by the Australian Government.

The database is made possible by ethical access to the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) and State and Territory Coronial Offices, The Queensland Family and Child Commission and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Information Request

If you or your organisation would like to gather details from the Royal Life Saving National Fatal Drowning Database we would ask that you make this initial request via email to Stacey Pidgeon, National Manager – Research and Policy at

Please be sure to include in this information request the following details:

  • Name, Organisation and Contact Details
  • Drowning Data:information required including time period, age information, location information, activity information etc
  • Details for how this information will be used / presented