As we present the National Drowning Report for 2023 in partnership with Surf Life Saving Australia, we remain ever mindful of the people whose lives have been lost or impacted by drowning, including the many families affected by the loss or long-term injury of a loved one.
We are saddened to share that the National Drowning Report 2023 shows that:
281 people drowned in Australian waterways
77% of drowning deaths were male
57% were over the age of 45 years
National Drowning Report 2023 for Queensland
2022/23 drowning deaths: 61
10-year average: 66
This is an 8% decrease compared to the 10-year average
2022/23 drowning fatal drowning rate per 100,000: 1.15
10-Year Average Fatal Drowning Rate per 100,000: 1.35
This is a 15% decrease compared to the 10-year average
QLD 2022/23 Facts:
70% of all drowning deaths in Queensland were males (43 deaths)
20% of drowning deaths adults aged 45-54 years (12 deaths).
10% of drowning deaths children under 5 years of age (6 deaths).
Top 3 locations
28% of drowning deaths occurred at River/creek locations (17 deaths)
23% of drowning deaths occurred at a Beach (14 deaths)
21% of drowning deaths occurred at Ocean/harbour locations (13 deaths)
Top 2 activities:
39% of drowning deaths occurred while swimming and recreating (24 deaths)
16% of drowning deaths occurred while boang (10 deaths)