Water Safety Forum


The Water Safety Forum is run by the Office of Emergency Management and brings together representatives from organisations that are involved in improving water safety for the NSW community.

Hosted by the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant, the inaugural forum was held on 9 May 2017 at NSW Parliament House.

The forum provided a valuable opportunity for water safety practitioners, rescue organisations and community groups to collectively review the latest data and share insights and ideas on how to reduce the number of drowning deaths in NSW.

Key themes and identified actions from the forum are summarised in the 2017 Water Safety Forum communique [PDF, 243KB].

NSW Summer Drowning Report 2016/17

The NSW Government commissioned Royal Life Saving Society NSW to provide an analysis of the drowning deaths over summer 2016/17. The key findings of the report were presented at the Water Safety Forum.

Summer Drowning Report 2016-17 [PDF, 300KB]

Royal's report identified priority areas which were addressed via forum discussions and presentations, including:

  • changing risk taking behaviour around the water

  • encouraging parents to actively supervise young children (0-5 years) in, on and around the water

  • reducing drowning risk at unpatrolled locations (including coastal and inland waterways)

  • CALD communities and international visitors (including international students)

  • Aboriginal communities.

Community groups and organisations who wish to apply for a Water Safety Fund Community Grant should address the priority areas in Royal Life Saving's NSW Summer Drowning Report 2016-17 [PDF, 300KB].