May 20, 2021
Kidsafe Victoria E-News May 2021

With the recent 7-day lockdown announcement, our latest campaign – launched during the week on National Kidsafe Day – is more important than ever.

Our ‘Nothing is Everything‘ campaign was developed in response to the 32 child deaths we saw from preventable injuries in 2020. Many of these occurred while families were in lockdown, which we know can include juggling parental and work responsibilities, as well as potentially children of different ages.

Thirty two families were changed forever in just a split second – this campaign is designed to raise awareness of the little things which can be done at home which can make a big difference, and ultimately, save lives. We encourage you to share the campaign through your networks and raise awareness – because when nothing happens, there’s everything to celebrate. #nothingiseverything

This month we also launched the Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program with such an amazingly supportive community in Shepparton, and the first child in the program starting lessons.

Take care and stay safe! Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with our latest tips and advice.


Is Your Furniture an Accident Waiting to Topple?

Every week up to 50 Australian’s are treated in hospital due to injuries sustained from toppling furniture or televisions. That’s 2,600 people. Every. Single. Year.

This month, Blake would have been eight years old.

We spoke with his parents – Tim and Kirstie – who know just how quickly and easily a furniture tip over incident can occur.

Read our blog


Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program Launch

The Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program pilot was proudly launched by Ash Napolitano and Matt Boyle this month in Shepparton, with the support of Kidsafe Victoria.

The program was established to create a lasting legacy for their 2 year old son Hunter after he tragically drowned in a dam in August last year.

As part of the program activities, children in the Goulburn Valley are being provided with access to 12 months of free swimming lessons and water safety education, where otherwise they would not have the opportunity to learn these lifelong and lifesaving skills. The first child to participate in the program started their lessons in May, with more children to be enrolled in the program this June.

The pilot Program has been funded by community fundraising and supported by Kidsafe Victoria, Greater Shepparton City Council, The Bridge Youth Service and Aquamoves in Shepparton, with the hope that it will be expanded into all of regional Victoria.

For more information about this Program and our Ambassador Program, please click here


We’re Hiring!

Are you our new Child Car Restraint Fitter?

We are seeking an experienced and passionate child car restraint fitter to join our team.

Our new Fitter will be as comfortable in the field as they are behind a desk or presenting to an audience.

The primary purpose of the child car restraint fitter is to provide support for Kidsafe Victoria’s child car restraint education and advocacy initiatives. The role will support our objectives to increase awareness of how to correctly choose, install and use child car restraints amongst the community, to ensure that children are travelling as safely as possible on every trip.

Applications close on the 25th June 2021

Click here to learn more and apply today



‘Nothing is Everything’ Childhood Injury Prevention Awareness Campaign

In 2020, 32 Victorian children died from an unintentional and preventable injury – that’s one child every 11 days.

On National Kidsafe Day – Tuesday 25th May – we launched our latest campaign – ‘Nothing is Everything’. This multifaceted campaign is designed to highlight the world which Kidsafe Victoria aims to create – a world where nothing bad happens to kids – by reminding everyone of the little things we can all do to help prevent unintentional injuries and death.

We believe that when nothing happens, there’s everything to celebrate. Because when nothing happens, children aren’t admitted to hospital due to serious injury. When nothing happens, children don’t have to live with the lasting impacts from preventable injuries. When nothing happens, parents don’t have to deal with a lifetime of loss.

Quite simply, when it comes to our children, when nothing happens there’s everything to celebrate. And that’s down to all of us. Together, we can keep kids safe.

We would like to thank creative agency Us+Us and animators Lumberfly for collaborating on the development of this campaign.

We encourage you to view our social campaign on our Facebook page and share through your channels.

Make the pledge to ensure #nothinghappens and support Kidsafe Victoria with a donation today
Learn more about the “Nothing is Everything” campaign here


What’s in the News

Swim Program Launched in Honour of Shepparton’s Hunter Boyle
How Safe is your Home?
More Funding to Improve Safety on Victorian Farms
More Funding for Farm Safety Grants After Hundreds of Applications
Aussie Retailers Pull AirTag from Shelves Two Weeks After Release
Kitchen Safety 101: Common Kitchen Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Streets for Life Campaigns Calls for 30km/h Urban Streets to Ensure Safe, Healthy, Green and Livable Cities
Victorian childcare centres shutdown and sanctioned over serious safety breaches
Parent’s Grieve Victorian Boy who Drowned on School Camp
Water Beads can Cause Fatal Blockages if Ingested, but Popular Kids’ Toy Still for Sale


Product Recalls


Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd – Nissan D23 Navara MY2015

The child restraint system’s top tethers may not be strong enough to keep a child car restraint securely fastened and may break during an accident, which could result in serious injury or death.

For more information please click here.




Xinda Pty Ltd – Necklace Cross Chewy Teether Toy Pencil Chew Kids Topper Sensory Biting Silicone

This sensory toy does not meet Australian safety standards, and poses a potential choking or suffocation hazard for young children.

For more information please click here.






Wild Republic Australasia Pty Ltd – Slap Watch with Various Character Faces

The button battery compartment may not be properly secured and easily accessible. If swallowed, a button battery can cause serious internal burn injuries resulting in injuries or death.

For more information please click here.