Royal Life Saving is focused on reducing drowning and promoting healthy, active and skilled communities through innovative, reliable, evidence based advocacy; strong and effective partnerships and quality programs, products and services. There is no one reason Australians drown, so there is no one simple solution. For that reason, our approach needs to reflect the complexity of the range of issues that result in drowning deaths.

For over 125 years the Royal Life Saving Society has worked to harness the strengths of the communities we work with to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into everyday community lifesavers.

We do this by:

  • Advocacy and awareness-raising
  • Education
  • Training
  • Health Promotion
  • Aquatic Risk Management
  • Community Development
  • Research
  • Media and Marketing
  • Sport, Leadership and Participation
  • International partnerships.

Royal Life Saving Society Queensland Inc

Royal Life Saving Society Queensland Inc was founded in 1905 and is the first life saving society in Queensland. We are the peak body for drowning prevention and aquatic safety in Queensland, working very closely with our partner organisations.

For more information about us, please refer to our main website: www.rlssq.com.au.

Registered Training Organisation

Royal Life Saving is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), view our registration status here.

Our Organisation

Royal Life Saving Society Queensland Inc is a public benevolent institution (PBI) and is a Incorporated Association. The Society was originally established under charter from the UK, however in the 1980’s registered as an incorporated association.

Commonwealth Organisation


The Royal Life Saving Society is a world-wide organisation with representation across the globe. The role of the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Headquarters is to take a leadership and partnership role in co-ordinating drowning prevention initiatives and activities world-wide by facilitating the development of community based drowning prevention strategies and lifesaving education programs across the Commonwealth nations.

Commonwealth Patron

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Commonwealth Patron of the Society.

Commonwealth President

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is the Commonwealth President of the Society.

Click here for more information on the Commonwealth Society

Australian Branch

His Excellency General David John Hurley, AC, DSC, FTSE

Click here for more information on the Australian Branch of the Society

Queensland Branch

The Queensland Branch is responsible for the activities of the Society within the state of Queensland.

Queensland Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC is Patron of the Queensland Branch.

Queensland Vice Patron

Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk MP Premier of Queensland, is Vice Patron of the Queensland Branch.

Board Members

The Board of Queensland Branch is the governing body of the Society’s operations within the State of Queensland. The members of the Society elect its Directors who serve two years in office. The current board is:

  • President – Mr Les Mole
  • Deputy President – Mr Rod Welford
  • Secretary – Ms Carolyn Asher
  • Treasurer – Mr Stephen Kay
  • Board Member – Mr Russell Green
  • Board Member – Mr James McClelland
  • Board Member – Mr Colin Harris
  • Executive Director – Mr Paul Barry

Annual Reports