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Multicultural Projects and Funders

LSV’s Multicultural Projects would not be possible without the support of our funding bodies. Historically, Federal, State and Local governments have funded projects as well as a number of philanthropic foundations.

These projects typically involve a variety of Life Saving Victoria Education and Training activities.

Activities include a combination of the below:

  • Beach Program – practical water safety skills sessions at local beach
  • Open Water Learning Experience – practical water safety skills sessions at inland waterway
  • Meet a Lifeguard – interactive water safety presentation
  • Resuscitate a Mate – interactive CPR information session
  • Swimming lessons
  • Grey Medallion – four-week over 55s water safety skills course
  • Pool Lifeguard training
  • First Aid training
  • Bronze Medallion lifesaving training
  • Nippers – Junior lifesaving training

For further information on our projects please click on the names below.

Victorian State Government - Department of Justice and Regulation

The Victorian Government, through the Department of Justice and Regulation, are the major contributor to Life Saving Victoria’s Multicultural Projects.

Funding from the government helps Victoria’s growing CALD community to learn about water safety, develop skills in swimming and water safety and give back to the community through training initiatives.

For further information on the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice and Regulation please CLICK HERE.

LSV/YMCA CALD Aquatics Project

The YMCA/LSV CALD Aquatics Project is an initiative developed to engage CALD communities, in particular youth, from the City of Greater Dandenong in aquatic recreational activities.

LSV’s Beach Programs and Meet a Lifeguard sessions provide participants with vital water safety knowledge, and help them become more familiar and comfortable within local aquatic venues.

Interested youth engage in further training that provides employment and volunteer opportunities, which also develops positive role models and leaders.

Locations Include aquatic venues, lifesaving clubs and foreshore reserves in Melbourne’s South East.

For further information on the YMCA, CLICK HERE.

VicHealth State Sport Program – Growing Participation in Sport Program

VicHealth’s Growing Participation in Sport program will deliver proven participation opportunities to engage less active young people (12-17 years) to become more active through sport.

We know that over nine out of ten young people (12-17 years) are not meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We also know that physical activity levels and sport participation rates significantly decrease during adolescence, as young people transition from primary school to secondary school and from childhood to adulthood.

VicHealth has partnered with LSV’s Multicultural Department to increase the participation levels of less-active young people. LSV will deliver Beach Programs and Swimming Lessons, to encourage long-term behaviour changes that see Victorian CALD adolescents become more active through sport and recreation activities at Victoria’s waterways.

This program will have a significant focus on engaging young people who face health inequities, those who don’t engage in regular physical activity, and that aren’t interested in participating in existing traditional sport offerings.

For further information on the VicHealth Growing Participation in Sport program, CLICK HERE.


The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Swim and Survive Fund Project

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) supports Victoria’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities through its Swim and Survive Fund.

The initiative aims to increase access to structured courses in swimming, water safety, personal survival and basic rescue for children experiencing social or economic disadvantage.

For further information on the RLSSA Swim and Survive fund CLICK HERE.

Inner North Community Foundation Project


Through the Inner North Community Foundation, Life Saving Victoria focuses on aquatic employment opportunities for CALD youth in the Cities of Yarra, Darebin and Moreland, in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs.

Youth participate in beach activities at volunteer lifesaving clubs, learn to swim sessions at local pools, and targeted training courses.

After participants have successfully completed training courses, LSV assists in placing them into employment at Aquatic Centres within targeted inner northern municipalities.

For further information on the INCF, CLICK HERE.

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation


The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) and Life Saving Victoria work to increase the physical and social participation of CALD communities in aquatic activities at aquatic facilities and local beaches.

LSV also develops positive CALD role models in the area of aquatics, who act as champions among their community and improve overall physical, mental and social wellbeing, as well as community harmony – to change Melbourne for good.

For further information on the LMCF, please CLICK HERE.

Rootvij Kadakia Foundation Project

The Rootvij Kadakia Foundation was formed in the memory of Rootvij Kadakia, an international student from India.

In 2009, Rootvij lost his life at Lake Tyer’s beach in Victoria attempting to save a friend in the troubled waters.

A significant percentage of Victoria’s CALD population includes international students. Hence, spreading beach safety awareness amongst this group is vital to ensure their safety when visiting the many beaches on our wonderful coastline.

The Rootvij Kadiakia Foundation has partnered with Life Saving Victoria since 2010. Students take part in Beach Programs, and learn how to safely enjoy Victoria’s beaches.

For further information on the foundation please click here to visit their Facebook page.

City of Port Phillip Project

The City of Port Phillip has been helping to promote key water safety messages to multicultural communities in the Port Phillip municipality for 7 years.

The project targets Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities that live in the City of Port Phillip, and also those that travel from other municipalities to utilise the water ways in the municipality.

Participants undertake Meet a Lifeguard, Resuscitate a Mate and Beach Programs, to learn important water safety messages in a fun and safe manner.
For further information on the CoPP CLICK HERE.

City of Hobson’s Bay Project

The City of Hobson’s Bay project focuses on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities living in the City of Hobson’s Bay, as well as communities from neighbouring municipalities who recreate at local beaches.

The Life Saving Victoria offers Meet a Lifeguard, Resuscitate a Mate and Beach Programs at venues within the municipality, for participants to learn important water safety messages in a fun and safe manner.

For further information on the Hobson’s Bay City Council, CLICK HERE.

Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship

LSV’s training, employment and water safety education ‘model’ will be adapted to support the wider Emergency Services Organisations to increase diversity within their agencies. It will enable influential CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) role models to be developed and trained to take on visible positions within a sector that has traditionally struggled to introduce diversity into its workplace. Successful candidates will be exposed to other youth within their communities as an example of what can be achieved.

For further information on the Office of multicultrual Affairs and Citizenship, CLICK HERE.