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Surf life saving

Total investment 2015-16: $862,000 (high performance: $200,000; participation $662,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 4%  

Surf Life Saving Australia’s high performance program is rated as on track, having improved from progressing in 2014. The organisation met its benchmark event targets in 2015 after winning the International Surf Rescue Challenge. The performances of its youth squads and younger members of the senior squad were above target in 2015.

Surf Life Saving Australia is delivering programs and workshops to develop better leaders within their athlete cohort and enhance the culture of the group. The organisation needs to solidify its high performance operational leadership through to the 2016 world championships following a year of change in 2015. Surf Life Saving Australia is contributing coastal water flow expertise to water movement research initiatives at Rio’s Copacabana Beach, to help give open water sports a performance edge at the 2016 Olympic Games.


Surf Life Saving Australia has continued to work towards adopting the MSGP and performs well in most areas when benchmarked against Australia’s Winning Edge sports. The board actively promotes a culture of improvement and regularly undertakes board improvement and assessment activities. The detailed 2020 strategic plan, developed with member bodies, demonstrates a cohesive organisation. Surf Life Saving Australia needs to address director independence in order to achieve a higher benchmark against the MSGP.

2015 benchmark event // international surf rescue challenge

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // lifesaving world championships

Medal target: 1


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