$4.4 Million Boost to Surf Life Saving Australia to Help Save Lives

The Australian Government is funding a comprehensive information and communications technology system to enhance Surf Life Saving Australia's 'e capability'.

Page last updated: 12 May 2009

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12 May 2009

Australia’s 140,000 surf lifesavers are going online – with Australian Government funding of $4.4 million in the 2009-10 Budget.

The funding will go to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) to implement a comprehensive information and communications technology system that will support 306 local surf life saving clubs across the country.

The new national system will enhance SLSA's ‘e capability’ enabling them to enhance communications across the organisation and critical information sharing with emergency services.

The establishment of better co-ordinated communications and strengthened links to other life saving services will help improve the safety of Australia’s beaches.

Importantly, better co-ordinated data collection and streamlined administrative processes across the organisation will also free up volunteers to do what they do best – save people’s lives.

Surf lifesavers protect the largest playground in Australia, with the beach being part of the Australian way of life for many families.

The Government’s announcement will help communities around Australia enjoy safer beaches and support lifesavers who provide such an important service.

Funding for the project will be provided in the 2008-09 financial year.

Media Contact: Jimmy Sullivan 0423 290 646