Australian Beach Safety & Management Program

TitleAustralian Beach Safety & Management Program
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsShort, AD
Conference NameInternational Medical-Rescue Conference
Date Published09/1997
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationSan Diego, California, USA
Call Number27
Other Numbers237

The Australian Beach Safety and Management Program (ABSAMP) was established in 1990 as a joint program between Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and the Coastal Studies Unit, University of Sydney. The aims of the program are to:

  • develop a comprehensive, standardised and scientific information base on all Australian beaches with regard to their location, physical characteristics, access, facilities, usage, rescues, physical and biological hazards, and level of public risk under various wave, tide and weather conditions.
  • collate a complete services profile including rescue personnel and equipment provided by SLSA Australia wide.
  • compile related information on associated beach rescue and emergency services.

This information is now being used in a wide range of applications in beach safety training and management, in public beach safety education, and in local, state and federal coastal policy and management. The ultimate aim is to expand and improve the management and safety on all Australian beaches, and to assist other countries to develop similar programs. This paper provides a brief overview of the program and some of its applications.