Victoria statistics - drowning incidents
Source: Life Saving Victoria
- 75,000 babies were born in Victoria in 2015.
- Children aged 0-4 years make up 6 per cent of the Victorian population.
- In 2015-16, children aged 0-4 years represented 13 per cent of drowning deaths in Victoria.
- In 2005-2015, there were 20 hospital admissions and 34 emergency department presentations due to a drowning incident.
- On average, 4 children died due to drowning each year.
- Almost two thirds of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents in children (0-4 years) occur in the home, in backyard swimming pools, bathtubs and dams.
- 40 per cent of fatal drowning incidents of children (0-4 years) occur in home pools.
- 37 per cent of non-fatal drowning incidents of cihldren (0-4 years) occur in home pools.
- Lack of parental supervision is a factor in all fatal drownings.
- The sooner CPR is started the better the chances of survival.
National statistics - drowning incidents
Source: Royal Life Saving Australia
- There were 21 drowning deaths in children aged 0-4 years in 2015-16.
- 71 per cent of these deaths were male.
- 52 per cent of incidents were in swimming pools.
Read more about water safety on the Play it safe by the water website (external link).