The Queensland Aquatic Industry Group (QAI group) is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the Queensland Education Department, aimed at improving water safety education across Queensland. This collaborative effort represents a significant step forward in ensuring the safety of Queensland’s residents, especially its children when it comes to aquatic activities.

The group, which includes aquatic industry organisations SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia (SWIM), Royal Lifesaving Queensland (RLSQ), AUSTSWIM, and Swimming Queensland, was formed as an alliance to support aquatic education in Queensland.

The collaboration between the Queensland Education Department and the QAI group reflects a shared commitment to ensuring that all Queenslanders have the knowledge and skills to stay safe in and around water. By working together and collaborating, both organisations aim to reduce water-related accidents and contribute to a safer and more informed community.

SWIM CEO Brendon Ward expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying, “Water safety is a shared responsibility. The QAI group is pleased to see this agreement come together with the Queensland Education Department, as we continue to further our common goal of reducing water-related incidents in our state. This partnership will undoubtedly benefit our students and communities.”

AUSTSWIM Ambassador Brooke Hanson was excited about the news. “AUSTSWIM is thrilled to be part of this collaborative effort to enhance aquatic education in Queensland. Our commitment to promoting water safety aligns perfectly with the goals of the Queensland Education Department and the QAI group. By working together, we can provide the knowledge and skills necessary for all Queenslanders to enjoy the water safely.”

The agreement, in place until 2027, establishes a framework for cooperation and mutual support between the Queensland Education Department and the QAI group. Both organisations recognise the importance of fostering water safety awareness and skills among Queensland’s students.

“The key bodies within the aquatic industry have been working collaboratively with the Department of Education so that Queensland Children and communities can get the best outcome in terms of water safety education. We can all see the benefit of working together using each organisations strengths and networks to best benefit Queensland children,” Royal Life Saving Qld Executive Director Paul Barry said.

Key aspects of this collaboration includes: Water Safety Curriculum Integration, Teacher Training, Access to Aquatic Facilities, Public Awareness Campaigns, and Research and Development.

“Queensland is the current number one swimming state in the world and SQ is committed to ensuring enhanced opportunities for swimming education and water safety throughout the state. Through integral partnership programs supported by the QAI and Department of Education, we hope to see a number of future Olympic and Paralympic Champions develop as we lead into a home 2032 Games.” said Michael Anderson from Swimming Queensland.

The QAI group will share responsibility for providing training and resources for teachers to deliver effective water safety education, including best practices in teaching water safety and the latest information on aquatic safety guidelines.

About the Queensland Education Department: The Queensland Education Department is responsible for overseeing and developing the education system in Queensland, Australia. The department’s mission is to provide all Queenslanders with access to high-quality education, ensuring they are well-prepared for the future.

About Queensland Aquatic Industry Group (QAI group): QAI group is a collective of aquatic industry professionals and organisations in Queensland, dedicated to improving water safety and promoting aquatic activities. The group made up of SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia (SWIM), Royal Lifesaving Queensland (RLSQ), AUSTSWIM, and Swimming Queensland works to enhance aquatic education, safety, and opportunities for all Queensland residents.

Royal Lifesaving Media Contact

Paul Barry | Executive Director

M: 0408185727


AUSTSWIM Media Contact

Jade Hanson | Senior Manager, Marketing and Brand

M: 0404 507 121


Swimming Queensland Media Contact

Michael Anderson | Business Support Manager

P: 07 3390 2011





SWIM Media Contact

Brendon Ward | Chief Executive Officer

M: 0427 308 220