State Programs

The Respect the River Project is working across Australia to prevent drowning and promote safe Aquatic Recreation in Australian Inland Waterways. Royal Life Saving currently has projects operating in all Australian States and Territories:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT SmallThrough the Inland Waterways Drowning Prevention Project, Royal Life Saving ACT is working with people who recreate in Canberra’s lakes and rivers, raising awareness of potential dangers and establishing preventative measures in partnership with government and local community.

The project will also provide drowning prevention and water safety activities to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families and children who may normally miss out.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in the ACT

New South Wales

Murray NSWThe Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are among the top 10 River Drowning Blackspots in Australia, contributing significantly to the NSW drowning toll over the last 10 years.

The NSW Open Water Initiative includes two Open Water Education Officers who are out in the community working to address this issue.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in New South Wales. 

Northern Territory

NT River Safety NT is a drowning prevention initiative working to promote safer aquatic behaviours around inland waterway to reduce drowning in rivers across the Northern Territory, particularly throughout the wet season.

The project also includes the ‘Water Dreaming program’ aimed at providing Swim and Survive lessons for indigenous children who miss out.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in the Northern Territory


Brisbane RiverThe Queensland Drowning Prevention Project is working to prevent drowning in high risk inland waterways such as the Brisbane River, Burkedin River and Boulders in Babinda.

The project is identifying high-risk inland waterways and assessing community knowledge, skills and attitudes towards water safety in order to develop and deliver a tailored water safety program.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in Queensland

South Australia

NT RiverThe Murray River has been identified as geographical locations that have contributed significantly to the SA drowning toll over the last 10 years. This South Australian river system appears in the top 10 black spot locations in Australia. 

The Murraylands and Riverland Inland Water Initiative will include the appointment of a Murraylands & Riverland Inland Water Education Officer, who will collaborate with key partners to form a steering committee, addressing the issue of drowning in South Australian inland waterways.Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in South Australia

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in South Australia


TASRoyal Life Saving Tasmania's Inland Waterway Drowning Prevention Strategy (IWDPS) engages with the states Rural and Regional community delivering vital water safety skills and education. The project engages partners including: the department of education; rural and regional pool operators; and relevant government and community organisations to address drowning in rural and regional communities.

Through the Swim and Survive Program, Royal Life Saving Tasmania will also provide vital swimming and water safety skills to children who are known to miss out.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in Tasmania


2015-02-16-10.38.40-State-Interventions-Page-cropThe Respect the River Project in Victoria is working to address water safety and drowning prevention in, on or around the Yarra and Murray River.

Life Saving Victoria will provide a targeted community based approach to drowning in inland waterways, which account for over a third of all drowning deaths in Victoria and nationwide.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in Victoria

Western Australia

_R3Q6570-State-Interventions-Page-CropThe ‘Swim & Survive on the Swan River’ project will work in the Western Australian community to promote safe aquatic recreation on the Swan River. A Drowning Prevention Action Plan will be implemented that includes river safety education programs, boating safety programs and public rescue services targeting: children; youth; and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) People). 

The project will also expand Swim & Survive and Bronze Medallion participation for targeted indigenous, CaLD, and low socioeconomic communities.

Find out more about Royal Life Saving's work in Western Australia.