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
Address: PO Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001
Current Member Profiles
Membership of the SA Water Safety Committee includes:
- Boating Industry Association of SA
- Department for Education
- Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure
- Kidsafe SA Inc
- Multicultural Affairs
- Multicultural Communities Council SA
- Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing
- Recreation SA
- Royal Life Saving Society of SA
- SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission
- South Australia Police
- South Australia State Emergency Service
- Spa and Pool Association of South Australia.
- Surf Life Saving SA
- Swimming SA Inc
- YMCA SA
Chair: Chief Executive, SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission
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.
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. AUSTSWIM has developed a core AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Course and registration process. This 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. 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 SA. 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.
Boating Industry Association (BIA) is the peak industry body representing the recreational and light commercial marine industry and represents the boating community across Australia promoting safe, recreational boating as a positive and rewarding lifestyle for Australians. The BIA focuses on issues including regulations, policies, training, water resources, safety, environment, leisure, recreation, tourism and the improvement of state’s boating infrastructure and in the maintenance of relationships with the boating community, with state and local governments, and with corporate and community contacts to promote and develop the South Australian marine industry.
Ph: 0417 818 434
Address: PO Box 10262, Adelaide Business Centre SA 5000
The Department for Education 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 Department for Education 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.
Ph: (08) 8226 2403
Address: GPO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001
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.
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.
Ph: (08) 8161 6318
Fax: (08) 8161 6162
Address: 72 King William Road, North Adelaide SA 5006
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Multicultural Affairs
The vision of Multicultural Affairs is to achieve an open, inclusive, cohesive and equitable multicultural society, where cultural, linguistic, religious and productive diversity is understood, valued and supported. We advise the South Australian Government about the development of policies and programs that promote cultural diversity and all matters relating to multicultural affairs. With a focus on supporting the community and encouraging communities to showcase their cultural diversity, Multicultural Affairs is also responsible for the administration and delivery of multicultural grant programs, events, awards, community forums, support programs and resources.
Ph: (08) 8429 5961
Address: GPO Box 2343, Adelaide SA 5001
The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) effectively respond to identified social isolation, disengagement and social disadvantage felt by the most vulnerable people within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. They empower people from CALD backgrounds as active and valued contributors to all aspects of South Australian society. MCCSA aim to be recognised as a source of expertise and strong advocacy for the needs and aspirations of CALD organisations, communities and individuals. MCCSA build social cohesion and understanding of cultural differences through respectful collaboration with, between and beyond CALD communities.
Ph: (08) 8213 4601
Address: 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is the lead agency for the Government's policy on sport and active recreation. ORSR supports sport and recreation through the development of policy, programs and resources, the provision of funding, recreation and sport planning, infrastructure development, elite sport pathways and programs, and the promotion of physical activity.
The Office also provides strategic policy advice to the Minister for Racing on matters relating to the South Australian Racing industry.
Recreation SA is the recognised peak industry body representing the Aquatics, Community and Fitness recreation industries in South Australia. RSA is a not for profit member based organisation and support the growth and development of active recreation in South Australia. Mission: Our mission is to provide leadership, support and advocacy to members and organisations in the recreation industry of SA. Vision: Our vision is to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia.
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia is an Incorporated Association, a Public Benevolent Institution and is a Deductible Gift Recipient. We work to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills. There is no one reason Australians drown, so there is no one simple solution. For that reason, our approach needs to reflect the complexity of the range of issues that result in drowning deaths. To make sure we reach all Australians, whoever they are and wherever they live, we tackle these goals using an all-encompassing approach, designed to meet our stakeholders’ diverse needs, beliefs and values. For over 110 years, Royal Life Saving has worked to harness the strengths of the communities we work with to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into everyday community lifesavers.
Ph: (08) 8234 9244
Address: PO Box 2075, Hilton SA 5033
Water Operations Unit, a member of the SA Police Special Tasks and Rescue Group is responsible for policing the coastal and inland waters of South Australia and provides the capability for search and rescue in those waters. They operate five vessels varying from a four metre rigid hull inflatable boat to a 20 metre long range patrol vessel. The vessels are also used as diving platforms for police divers. All SAPOL water responses (sea search and rescue, water policing and diving) are conducted by this Unit.
The South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) 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 SASES Volunteers are members of 67 Units across South Australia.
Additionally, through the office of the Manager, Marine Operations, the SASES 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.
Ph: (08) 8115 3885
Address: GPO Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001
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.
Surf Life Saving South Australia (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.
Ph: (08) 8354 6900
Address: Barcoo Road, West Beach
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.
Ph: (08) 7123 0848
Address: 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046
The YMCA is a community-based charity that creates opportunities for people and communities to connect with a better life. We work to provide a range of programs and services that aim to strengthen people, families and communities. The YMCA delivers programs and services right across South Australia in settings including community recreation centres, swimming pools, health and fitness facilities, camps, early education and schools and youth services.
Ph: (08) 8200 2500
Address: PO Box 126, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000