Water safety is an important issue for Australians, particularly with our enjoyment of water-based activities like swimming, fishing and boating. In South Australia, the prevention of water-related injuries and drowning deaths is a high priority. While our state has maintained relatively low numbers of drowning deaths, all drownings are considered preventable. With that in mind, it is essential that a coordinated approach between relevant industry, recreational and general interest bodies regarding water safety is maintained.

Under the carriage of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission and consisting of a diverse representation of government and non-government industries, the South Australian Water Safety Committee was established to guide this state's response to water safety and encourage communication between key stakeholders. Following the formulation of the State Water Safety Plan 2008-2010 and a move from a planning phase to one of strategy development and implementation, in 2009 the carriage of that committee was accepted by the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission.


In the first instance, enquiries regarding the committee should be directed to:

Contact: Darryl Wright
Position: Executive Officer, SA Water Safety Committee
Ph: (08) 8115 3885
Fax: (08) 8115 3801
Address: PO Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001
Email: darryl.wright@sa.gov.au
Web: www.safecom.sa.gov.au

Current Member Profiles

Membership of the SA Water Safety Committee includes:

SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission, Office for Recreation and Sport, State Emergency Service, Recreation SA, Boating Industry Association of SA, Royal Life Saving Society of SA, Surf Life Saving SA, Swimming SA, SA Farmers Federation, Kidsafe SA Inc., Local Government Association, Department of Education and Children's Services, SA Police and Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure.

Chair: Mr Malcolm Jackman, Chief Executive, SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission

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The South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) is the agency responsible for supporting the Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, undertaking strategic policy planning, governance and resource allocation for the overall fire and emergency services sector. SAFECOM also supports emergency management planning across South Australia.

Contact: Malcolm Jackman
Position: Chief Executive
Ph: (08) 8463 4055
Fax: (08) 8463 4054
Address: PO Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001
Email: SAFECOM.enquiries@safecom.sa.gov.au
Web: www.safecom.sa.gov.au

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The Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) is the lead agency for the implementation of the South Australian Government's policy on recreation and sport. The ORS delivers a wide range of programs and services that support our vision for all South Australians to be 'Active for Life'.

Contact: Richard Mellon
Ph: (08) 7424 7677
Fax: (08) 7424 7675
Address: PO Box 219, Brooklyn Park SA 5032
Email: Webform
Website: www.recsport.sa.gov.au

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The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer emergency service organisation established under an Act of Parliament to render immediate assistance during emergencies and disasters, to provide community response to 'day to day' incidents such as vehicle accidents, searches, cliff rescues, flood and storm damage situations, marine search and rescue and any other incidents that might require rescue or search services. More than 1,600 SES Volunteers are members of 67 Units across South Australia.

Additionally, through the office of the Manager, Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR), the SES acts as a conduit to Government and provides overall coordination of the six VMR Associations that operate some 14 flotillas strategically located around the South Australian coastline.

Contact: Darryl Wright
Position: Manager, Volunteer Marine Rescue
Ph: (08) 8115 3885
Fax: (08) 8115 3801
Address: GPO Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001
Email: Go to website
Website: www.ses.sa.gov.au

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Recreation SA is the peak industry body representing the recreation industry in South Australia. RSA is a not for profit member based recreational organisation and supports the growth and development of aquatic community and outdoor recreation and fitness in South Australia. Recreation SA aims to increase active participation in recreation by working in partnership with the aquatic fitness, outdoor and community recreation industries in South Australia.

Contact: Stuart Ferenci
Position: Executive Officer
Ph: (08) 8271 6874
Address: 3/95 King William Road, Unley SA 5061
Email: eo@recreationsa.org
Website: www.recreationsa.org

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BIASA is the peak body representing the recreational and light commercial boating industries in South Australia. BIASA focuses on issues including water resources, safety, environment, leisure, recreation, tourism and the improvement of state boating infrastructure and in the maintenance of relationships with the boating community, with government, and with corporate and community contacts to promote and develop the South Australian marine industry.

Contact: George Bolton
Position: General Manager
Ph: (08) 8212 6000
Fax: (08) 8410 0688
Address: PO Box 10262, Adelaide Business Centre SA 5000
Email: george@boatingsa.com.au
Website: www.boatingsa.com.au

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Royal Life Saving is Australia's largest provider of water safety education. Training and education programs are delivered daily state-wide including schools, pools and community centres. They are designed for age groups 6 months (Infant Aquatics) to the Over 55's (Grey Medallion) to build awareness of dangers in aquatic environments and to arm the community with lifesaving skills used in prevention and rescue including first aid.

Contact: Tony Taylor 
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Ph: (08) 8234 9244
Fax: (08) 8352 6162
Address: PO Box 2075, Hilton SA 5033
Website: Royal Life Saving - SA Website Home Page

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SLSSA remains the key agency for beach safety and a vital community service playing a fundamental role in building healthy communities in addressing community issues and government policies such as obesity, physical activity, youth development, safer communities, training and education, and family. SLSSA minimises the risk on South Australian beaches by co-ordinating the efficient operation of beach patrol services, and promote best practices to surf lifesaving clubs and government.

Contact: Ben Laurenson
Position: State Manager
Ph: (08) 8354 6900
Fax: (08) 8354 6999
Address: PO Box 108, Torrensville SA 5031
Email: ben.laurenson@surflifesavingsa.com.au
Website: www.surfrescue.com.au

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Swimming SA is an organisation that provides competitive swimming for swimming clubs that are affiliated or members of Swimming SA. The Clubs provide professional coaching enabling swimmers to compete at national level as offering other levels of completion, recreational and fun activities. As a sport, swimming caters for all people of all ages and abilities we hope you develop a passion for swimming and enjoy a long and prosperous relationship with your local swimming club. Prior to joining swimming club children may take swimming lessons though their school, at the local pool or a private swim school. When choosing a learn-to-swim provider it is recommended to look for a swim school registered with Swim Australia or AUSTSWIM. Swimming SA also provides swimming instructor accreditation and coaching accreditation through Swim ED and Swim Australia.

Contact: Michelle Doyle
Position: General Manager
Ph: (08) 8269 5595
Fax: (08) 8344 6977
Address: PO Box 154, North Adelaide SA 5006
Email: admin@swimmingsa.org.au
Website: www.swimmingsa.org.au

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Primary Producers SA (PPSA) is the peak organisation representing primary producers in South Australia, encompassing agriculture, horticulture and viticulture. PPSA has a vision for a strong, viable primary production sector in South Australia, which is valued by government and the community.

The purpose of PPSA is:
-       To vigorously represent the interests and concerns of primary producers to government and the community;
-       To present one voice to government and the wider community on cross-commodity issues affecting primary producers in South Australia;
-       To promote the importance of primary production in South Australia and ensure that the contributions and achievements of primary producers are acknowledged and appreciated; and
-       To work with and assist stakeholders and suppliers to primary production where such assistance will ultimately benefit primary producers.

Contact: Amy Williams
Position: Policy & Executive Support
Ph: (08) 8297 0899
Address: 4/780 South Road, Glandore SA 5037
Email: awilliams@ppsa.org.au
Website: www.ppsa.org.au - BEING DEVELOPED

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Kidsafe is the leading non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation, dedicated to preventing unintentional deaths and injuries to childhood 0-15 years of age. Our purpose lies in making South Australia safer for children, and our philosophy is that prevention is better than cure.

Contact: Holly Fitzgerald
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Ph: (08) 8161 6318
Fax: (08) 8161 6162
Address: 72 King William Road, North Adelaide SA 5006
Email: sa@kidsafe.org.au
Website: www.kidsafe.com.au

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To provide advice on water safety issues as they affect local government. The LGA represents the interests of 68 local councils across SA that is responsible for the enforcement of the Local Government Act and other legislation.

Contact: Andrew Webster
Email: andrew.webster@lga.sa.gov.au
Website: www.lga.sa.gov.au

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The Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) is responsible for ensuring the provision of children's services and public education throughout South Australia. The department ensures the state's education system is well positioned to deliver high quality education and care through strategic and coordinated leadership in implementing the South Australia's Strategic Plan, integrated policy development in collaboration with key stakeholders and planning for an effective workforce to meet current and future requirements. The role of DECD in relation to children's services involves the provision of preschool services, administration of Family Day Care, sponsorship of Outside School Hours Care programs and the establishment and enforcement of minimum standards for all types of child care.

Contact: Peter Roberts
Position: Manager, Sport, Swimming and Aquatics
Ph: (08) 8226 2403
Fax: (08) 8232 7021
Address: GPO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001
Email: decd.customers@sa.gov.au
Website: www.decd.sa.gov.au

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Water Operations Unit, a member of the SA Police Special Tasks and Rescue Group is responsible for policing the costal and inland waters of South Australia and provides the capability for search and rescue in those waters. There are five vessels varying from a five metre inflatable dinghy to a 16 metre Launch. The vessels are also used as diving platforms for police divers. All water responses (sea search and rescue, water policing, diving, and Marine Crime Watch) are conducted by this Unit.

Contact: Senior Sergeant Philip Grear
Operations Manager Water Operations Unit
Ph: (08) 8242 3466 
Fax: (08) 8242 3596
Address: 82 Esplanade, Semaphore SA 5019
Email: SAPOL.WaterOperationsUnit@police.sa.gov.au
Website: www.police.sa.gov.au

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DPTI is committed to meeting South Australia's future needs and demand for transport, energy and infrastructure and, in doing so, facilitates the safe and efficient movement of people and freight across the state. The department contributes to safe maritime operations and environment protection through the regulation of vessel standards, marine qualifications and navigational safety and administering the recreational boating system and developing associated policy and procedures.

Contact: Gordon Panton
Position: Coordinator, Marine Operations
Ph: (08) 8260 0088
Fax: (08) 8260 0061
Email: gordon.panton@sa.gov.au
Website: www.dpti.sa.gov.au

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AUSTSWIM, The Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety, was formed in 1979 with the objective of developing a consistent and better quality training of Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety across Australia.
Over the ensuing years, AUSTSWIM developed a core AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Course and registration process. The AUSTSWIM training and accreditation is recognised by industry as the core to the development of personal aquatic survival skills and as the minimum standard to teach swimming and water safety. AUSTSWIM accreditation requires teachers to maintain their skills through regular professional development, teaching and minimum CPR standards by re-registering every 3 years with AUSTSWIM. AUSTSWIM training and accreditation is mandated for teachers in local government facilities and programs throughout NSW via the Department of Local Government Practice Note 15. It is the mandated qualification in The Royal Life Saving Society Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations and is the nominated qualification for GST exemption for Water Safety and Swimming lessons. All state and territory Departments of Education also mandate AUSTSWIM accreditation.
AUSTSWIM trains and accredits 10,000 Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety per year, has trained over 170,000 Teachers since inception and has currently over 29,000 active, accredited teachers on its records.

Contact: Annette Chatterton
Position: Business Centre Coordinator
Ph: (08) 8354 0873  
Fax: (08) 8354 0874
Address: PO Box 321, Henley Beach SA 5022
Email: achatterton@austswim.com.au
Website: www.austswim.com.au

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Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia Ltd (SPASA Australia) is the peak body for the swimming pool and spa industry nationally, and brings together all existing state associations under a federal body.  It will act as the point of contact between the industry, the Commonwealth Government and regulators.
SPASA Australia's mandate is to address important industry and community issues including:
Australian standards and safety
Workplace occupational health and safety
Water and energy conservation
National training and licensing standards.

Contact: Suzie Kent
Ph: (08) 8364 4211
Fax: (08) 8331 0150
Address: 30 Kensington Road, Rose Park SA 5067
Email: admin@spasasa.com.au
Website: www.spasasa.com.au

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