Governance & Oversight
Since 1907, when a small number of Sydney Surf Life Saving (SLS) clubs formed the organisation now known as Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), we have evolved into a highly federated and geographically disperse organisation, made up of 491 entities/groups including 311 separately incorporated Surf Life Saving Clubs, 17 regional branches (in NSW and Queensland), 83 support operations (regional rescue and response teams), 69 paid lifeguard services and seven State and Territory centres.
These various separate entities are not subsidiaries of SLSA and have a variety of legal and reporting structures; therefore, their financial results are not consolidated here.
We are the peak policy and decision-making body for the SLS movement. Under our constitution, our members are:
Each year, prior to the commencement of the season, individual members sign an application for joint membership of SLSA, their State Centre and their club. Where the members are less than 18 years of age, the membership form is signed by a parent or legal guardian. This detailed membership form meets a number of legal requirements, including indemnification of SLSA in the event of any claim arising from a surf lifesaving activity, as well as outlining a member’s individual liability in the unlikely event of a wind-up of SLSA.
SLSA also operates two subsidiary companies to provide helicopter rescue services in NSW. Other helicopter rescue services operate in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia through their respective State Centres.
The Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) which is also a wholly owned subsidiary, undertakes a national fundraising role on behalf of the movement.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip KG KT OM GBE AC QSO PC
Duke of Edinburgh
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
Governor of New South Wales
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland
His Excellency the Honourable Hien Van Le AO
Governor of South Australia
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC
Governor of Western Australia
Her Excellency the Honourable Kate Warner AC
Governor of Tasmania
His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM
Administrator of the Northern Territory
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Alan Whelpton AO
Sir Adrian Curlewis CVO CBE*
* Denotes deceased