Drowning Reports

Each year, Royal Life Saving produces a WA Drowning Report which looks at all fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents recorded and provides detailed information on who, where, when and how people drowned in National and Western Australian waterways over the last financial year. The report provides a better understanding of the burden of drowning in Western Australia and identifies key water safety and drowning prevention priority areas for action. 

Data is obtained from a number of sources including media stories, police reports and data from the WA Coroner’s office and cases are crosschecked with National data to ensure consistency. The most recent WA and National reports can be seen below.


National Drowning Report

  • 248 people died as a result of drowning in Australia between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. This is an 8% decrease on the statistics from 2018-19. However, 33 people drowned in Western Australia, a 14% increase on the previous year. You can download the full report below.

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Annual WA Drowning Report

The 2019 Drowning Report highlights key drowning trends in WA from July 2018 to June 2019 and identifies those at most risk. Translating this into policy and practice assists the Society with leading efforts to understand drowning and it’s impacts, build evidence-informed, innovative solutions to prevent drowning and empower the community to adopt safer aquatic behaviours.

234 Western Australians were affected by drowning (both fatal and non-fatal) in 2018/19 at a rate of 8.98 per 100,000 population. Of these 29 were fatal, 103 were admitted to hospital and 102 presented at an emergency department in the Perth metropolitan area.


10 year analysis drowning reports

Research is currently being undertaken to analyse drowning data in Western Australia across a ten year period. A 10 year analysis of drowning in toddlers aged 0-4 years in Western Australia can be viewed below.
A 10 year analysis of drowning in toddlers aged 0-4 in Western Australia

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