Department of Health and Aging
The Australian Government, through the Department of Health and Ageing, is a major supporter of surf lifesaving through the National Water Safety Grant.
This grant funds the national water safety program, training, education and development programs, as well as the management and coordination of SLSA.
Bureau of Meteorology
Wind, tides, air temps and outlook provided by Surf Life Saving Australia is based on data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Developments in science and technology have continued to provide the Bureau with opportunities to improve its effectiveness and efficiency. Direct reception of satellite data since 1963; routine reception and processing of imagery from the Japanese Geostationary Meteorological Satellites since 1978; introduction of the computer-based Automated Regional Operations System to all forecasting offices since the early 1980s and upgrade to the Australian Integrated Forecast System from 1993; introduction of computerised telecommunications systems in 1978 and the implementation of a national packet switched network in the early 1990s; installation of a Bureau-developed national digital facsimile system by 1992; the 1988 inception and subsequent upgrades to the Bureau's in-house supercomputer capacity to support global operational numerical weather prediction and climate studies; and the expansion and upgrading of radar and surface automatic weather station networks have all contributed to the Bureau's standing as the preeminent National Meteorological Service in the southern hemisphere and one of the more technologically advanced in the world.
Surf Life Saving Australia
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is a highly federated and geographically dispersed corporate body with several organisational layers incorporating 305 local surf lifesaving clubs, 17 regional branches in NSW and Queensland, and seven state and territory centres.