Research & Policy
Royal Life Saving’s research, education and advocacy work in drowning prevention and water safety is supported by the Australian Government.

Royal Life Saving's advocacy and policy work in drowning prevention and water safety is based on in-depth research to understand fatal and non-fatal drowning to build a picture of the circumstances behind every incident and the wide-ranging impacts drowning has on people and communities.

It aims to provide and evidence base for all of Royal Life Saving's water safety education and safety resources.

LIVES NOT NUMBERS

Every year, Royal Life Saving produces the National Drowning Report, examining the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways. We are ever mindful that these stories in this report are of real people whose lives have been lost or impacted by drowning. We seek to advocate and collaborate to reduce the impact of drowning on the community.

A 10 year analysis of Drowning deaths among among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Between 1st July 2008 and 30th June 2018, 152 people lost their lives to drowning. We recognise that every drowning is a tragedy that has far reaching impacts on families and communities.

Despite these numbers, real progress has been made, with a 48% decrease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait drowning deaths over the past decade, with school aged children aged 5 to 14 years recording the lowest number and rates than any other age group.

RESEARCH, POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Royal Life Saving's programs, products and services are underpinned by research and a commitment to continual improvement. From 2019-2020 research delivered:

66,513
Research online page views
1811
National coronial information system searches
38
Data requests provided
14
Academic articles published
8
Reports published

A 10 YEAR NATIONAL REVIEW OF LAKE, DAM AND LAGOON DROWNING DEATHS

255 people drowned in a lake, dam or lagoon in Australia between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2018. This represents 8.9% of all drowning deaths across Australia during this period.

While all inland waterways share many similarities in terms of the potential risk factors associated with drowning, there are some specific and key trends unique to the individual setting of a lake, dam or lagoon, especially those relating to private/residential bodies of water compared with those that have public access.

Australian Water Safety Strategy
The Australian Water Safety Strategy is informed and built in partnership with water safety organisations at home and abroad, and sets out core priorities and objectives for reducing drowning to allow safe aquatic participation.
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OUR MAJOR PARTNER

The Australian Government provides significant support and funding for Royal Life Saving's drowning prevention initiatives and activities, including swimming and water safety education programs, community awareness campaigns and industry support.