Life Saving Victoria (LSV) (est. 2002) is an initiative of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch (est. 1904) and Surf Life Saving Victoria (est. 1947).
Operating as a social enterprise, Life Saving Victoria is an independent company that is limited by guarantee. It is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office.
We have 32,000 volunteer members and employ more than 300 staff. Together, we work with communities, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses and the broader aquatic industry, to achieve our vision and mission.
How Life Saving Victoria was formed
Life Saving Victoria was formed in 2002 after the merging of Surf Life Saving and the Royal Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch. This merger and the formation of Life Saving Vitoria created a single peak agency in the State for water safety that is recognised by the Victorian Government. LSV forges new lifesaving and water safety initiatives while respecting the proud traditions and programs of the Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving National organisations.
Role in emergency management
LSV works under the umbrella of Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) as part of the State’s emergency management services and is recognised by the Victorian Government as an agency that plays a role in delivering EMV’s strategic action plan. Using a community and government partnership model, Life Saving Victoria works with:
LSV’s mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities and has the vision that all Victorians will learn water safety, swimming and resuscitation and be provided with safe aquatic environments and venues.
All Victorians will enjoy our aquatic environment after learning water safety, swimming and resuscitation.
- Positive and respectful relationships (cultural and intergenerational).
- Being open, welcoming and inclusive.
- Personal development through commitment to lifesaving.
- Developing healthy lifestyles.
- Taking personal responsibility for betterment.
- Being relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s society.
- Efficient and appropriate use of available resources.
- Building stronger and safer communities.