National Coastal Safety Report (2018-19)

Monday 16 September 2019

Figures published today by Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia show 276 people drowned across Australia from July 2018 to June 2019, representing a 10% increase on the previous year. Of these, 123 deaths (45%) occurred over the summer period, which is a 17% increase compared with the 10-year average.

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report identified 6 drowning deaths occurred across the Northern Territory in 2018/19, 67% of which were males and a third were people aged over 55 years. Half of the Territory drowning deaths occurred during the wet season.

Royal Life Saving Northern Territory CEO Floss Roberts said “Royal Life Saving is urging Territorians to keep watch of their children around water, avoid alcohol while boating and fishing, and ensure they have the swimming and water safety skills to enjoy NT’s beautiful waterways safely”.

Northern Territory Snapshot (Coastal Drowning)


NT Snapshot in PDF format

The SLSA National Coastal Safety Report 2019 identified 1 coastal death occurred in Northern Territory in 2018-19, below the 15 year average of 3. 

Surf Life Saving Northern Territory CEO Samantha Farrow said “Surf Life Saving NT encourages everyone to recreate safely and swim between the flags where possible, check the conditions and don’t take risks”.

To stay safe around water, Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving Australia urge all Australians to:

  • Supervise children at all times around water
  • Learn swimming and lifesaving skills
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating, rock fishing or paddling
  • Swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs around water

To read the full report please click here 



National Coastal Safety Report (2018-19)