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Water safety and swimming education

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​​​The Queensland Government is committed to providing a high quality water safety and swimming education program and developed the:

In line with the department’s P–12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework, Queensland state schools are required to provide a water safety and swimming education program in Prep to Year 6. They are encouraged to implement the program as part of the delivery of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

Individual state schools determine how they provide their water safety and swimming education program in line with the statement of expectations: water safety and learn to swim programs. This statement provides additional information about targeted programs, training, qualifications and competencies.

The Queensland Government also committed to providing additional funding for state primary and special schools without a pool to support water safety and swimming programs. The learn to swim funding is calculated annually and paid to schools automatically.

Further to the learn to swim funding, the water safety and swimming education appropriation​ is available to state primary and special schools without pools with unique circumstances that present a barrier to implementation and are not able to fund the program from the school budget.​

Applications for the 2024 grants will open in Semester 2, 2023. For details on eligibility, how to apply and the criteria applications are assessed against, download the water safety and swimming education appropriation application form.

To support schools to implement water safety and learn to swim programs, the Department of Education has developed the water safety and swimming education program. All resources are based on current water safety and learn to swim best practice and are aligned to the:

  • draft national swimming and water safety framework
  • Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) achievement standards and content descriptions.

The program provides eight lessons for each band of years (Prep, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10). Supporting materials for implementing the program include guidelines, sequence of competency, competency checklists, glossary and curriculum alignment resources. The program is available to all Queensland state and non-state schools through the Learning Place and Scootle.

Schools must complete a Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) that complies with the requirements outlined in the specific water location guidelines. Additional risks, hazards and control measures supplied by an external provider must be included with this risk assessment.​​

For further information, enquiries can be sent to water.safety@qed.qld.gov.au.​

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Last updated 10 January 2023