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Surf Life Saving NSW welcomes the charges laid today against a former senior manager who is alleged to have fraudulently obtained a large sum of money from the organisation before resigning in July 2016.

We have been cooperating with the NSW Police for the last three years with their investigations and we now await the outcome of criminal proceedings.

We know our members share our anger, disappointment and frustration in this matter and we have endeavoured to keep clubs and other stakeholders informed of progress.

Extensive internal and external investigations and review processes have been implemented since 2016 which mean the necessary governance and financial processes are in place to ensure such a situation cannot arise in future.

These measures include obtaining endorsement of improvements from the Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission (ACNC), appointment of recognised internal and external auditors, a refreshed Finance and Compliance Committee (FACC), appointment of a new Risk and Compliance Committee (RC) and enhanced governance training for all members of the Board through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

We thank all our members, partners and the community for their ongoing support during this difficult period. We will do our best to keep you informed of progress, however, as this matter is now before the Court, we are unable to provide more information at this time.


Wednesday 21 August 2019