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About Life Saving Victoria

Life Saving Victoria (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, we are an independent company that is limited by guarantee. Life Saving Victoria 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 employ more than 500 staff and our lifesaving clubs have more than 37,000 members. 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 through the merger of Surf Life Saving Victoria and the Royal Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch. This formation of Life Saving Victoria created a single peak agency in the State for water safety that is recognised by the Victorian Government. We forge 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

Life Saving Victoria 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 a core agency that plays a role in delivering EMV’s strategic action plan. Our other key links with government are in the areas of health and sport, and recreation.

Our Mission

Life Saving Victoria’s mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities.

Our Vision

That all Victorians will learn water safety, swimming and resuscitation and be provided with safe aquatic environments and venues.

Our Values

  • 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.