Our Governance Structure

AUSTSWIM is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

AUSTSWIM’s objects (purpose) and governance structure is defined in its constitution which is guided by the Corporations Act 2001.

The constitution is supported by a number of by-laws and terms of references that facilitate its effective operation.


The Board and Executive

Team AUSTSWIM is overseen and led by a Chairperson and Board of Directors who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and are supported by an executive team responsible for the operational delivery of the strategy.

The Board is recruited from a group of member representatives referred to internally as the AUSTSWIM Council (or simply, the Council).

Melinda CroleMelinda Crole – Chairperson

Appointed 30 March 2021

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology), Graduate Certificate in Management, Diploma of Social Science, Graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

National CEO of the YMCA in Australia, appointed in November 2016 after over 10 years serving the YMCA. Prior to being appointed National CEO, she was Executive Manager, Licensing and Development for YMCA Australia. Throughout her career, Melinda has had the opportunity to work across many general areas of operational and strategic management including direct business planning, human resource management, financial management and risk management in a national not-for-profit/community environment.

Ian FullagarIan Fullagar – Board Member

Appointed 3 December 2020

Bachelors of Arts and Law, Master of Law

Ian has held many positions on government, commercial and not-for profit boards both as a director and as company secretary. He has also lectured at a number of universities in various sports law and sports governance related subjects. Ian is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and was National Secretary from 1990- 1997. He is now a life member of ANZSLA and is also a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.


Justin ScarrJustin Scarr – Board Member

Appointed 29 March 2021

Bachelor of Education, Master of Business Administration

Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Life Saving Society-Australia, and Chair of the Australian Water Safety Council. Justin is a leading advocate in the development of drowning prevention across the Asia-Pacific for over 15 years.



The Council

The Council is made up from a single representative for each of its eight state/territory AUSTSWIM Advisory Committees (AACs) and a representative from each of the following six member organisations:

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The Council also has an Independent Chair.

Committees of the Board

In addition to the eight state/territory AUSTSWIM Advisory Committees (AACs), the Board has a number of committee and working groups including:

  • Accreditation Committee
  • Nominations Committee

Joining a Committee

If you are interested in joining one of our committees, please register your interest. We will be in touch as soon as possible.


Nominating a Life Member or Fellowship

Should you wish to nominate an individual whom you believe is deserving of a life membership or fellowship, please fill out an online nomination form.



Resources and Policies

Our Guidelines are devised by industry stakeholders in a consultative and transparent process and represent the collective opinion of the aquatics industry and a range of expert personnel across Australia.

Local government, education departments, teachers and consumers can be confident that AUSTSWIM trained and accredited educators are meeting the highest standards to foster safer aquatic participation.

This information centre contains application forms and material relevant to AUSTSWIM teachers, presenters and recognised swim schools.



Contact Us

AUSTSWIM would love to hear from you! If you wish to contact our team with a general enquiry, please fill out the Online Enquiry Form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you are wanting to make a complaint or lodge an appeal, please click the button below and fill out our Complaints & Appeals Form.

AUSTSWIM State office locations

Street Address: 8/21 Howleys Road, Notting Hill VIC 3168

Postal Address:    PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Phone:                  1300 885 666

Street Address: 5.04B / 5 Celebration Drive, Bella Vista, NSW 2153        

Postal Address: PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Phone: 1300 885 666

Street Address: Corporate House - Building 1, 747 Lytton Rd, Murarrie, QLD 4172

Postal Address: PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170

Phone: 1300 885 666


Street Address: c/0 Surf Life Saving SA, 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach SA 5024

Postal Address:  PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Phone:  1300 885 666

Street Address: 8/21 Howleys Road, Notting Hill VIC 3168 

Postal Address:  PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Phone: 1300 885 666

Street Address: The Garden Office Park, Level 2, Building C, 355 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park, WA, 6017

Postal Address:  PO Box 139, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Phone: 1300 885 666

Please Note: AUSTSWIM is administered by RLSS (NT)

Street Address: 77 Ross Smith Avenue, Parap NT 0820
GPO Box: 1229 Darwin, NT 0801
(08) 8981 5036

AUSTSWIM Online Enquiry Form