Water and snow safety program

This program aims to reduce drownings and snow-related injuries and deaths through prevention and intervention.

About the program

The Water and Snow Safety Program (WSSP) started in 2018. It provides funding to specified leading water and snow safety organisations to implement prevention and intervention measures that reduce water and snow-related injuries and deaths.

The Australian Government is providing $43.9 million over 4 years (from 2021-22) for the WSSP.


The objective of the Program is to support select water and snow safety organisations to undertake activities that:

  • Reduce the incidence of water and snow related injuries and deaths in Australia.
  • Enhance the safety of Australian water and snow environments.
  • Improve the behaviour of people in, on and around water and snow in Australia.
  • Address priority areas, guiding principles and goals for water safety outlined in the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030.

Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 

The Australian Water Safety Strategy is developed by the Australian Water Safety Council in partnership with Australia’s leading water safety organisations. It plays an essential role in national, state and territory, and community approaches to preventing drowning and promoting safe use of the nation’s waterways and swimming pools. It also outlines priority areas where Australia’s peak water safety bodies can work together to prevent drowning. 

The Strategy seeks to:

  • raise awareness about non-fatal drowning incidents
  • encourage communities to create local water safety plans, and
  • promote access to swimming and water safety skills for all Australians, including refugees, migrants and those living in regional areas. 

Organisations receiving funding under the Water and Snow Safety Program 

  • Australian Ski Patrol Association 
  • Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprise 
  • Royal Life Saving Society - Australia (RLSSA) 
  • Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA)
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