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About this app

Enjoy NSW beaches. Be SharkSmart

Check the latest sightings by Surf Life Saving drones and tagged shark detections before you hit the water in NSW. A better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce the chances of a shark encounter.

The SharkSmart app provides information and resources such as Alerts to help you reduce the chance of a close encounter with a shark at NSW beaches and estuaries.

Stay SharkSmart with our app.

The Maps feature shows where the user is in relation to the general location of beaches with shark mitigation gear, alerts about shark-related incidents and news and real-time information from NSW’s VR4G tagged shark listening stations. Beachgoers can download the app and set it to receive tagged shark alerts at certain times and locations.

Wear OS compatible
If you have a smart watch running Wear OS by Google, the SharkSmart App also comes with a companion smart watch app to receive SharkSmart alerts. These alerts can be viewed by your location with the “around me” feature or set up to receive alerts for a region, by time or favourite beaches. This is a companion app so it is necessary for the watch to be in sync with sharksmart phone app.

This feature presents images of dangerous and non-dangerous sharks and other marine animals that sting and bite for information and education purposes.

Social Media
The app has links to official NSW Department of Primary Industries social media channels including Facebook, NSW SharkSmart Twitter and YouTube. There’s also a link to the Department’s SharkSmart webpage so users can be up to date with the latest information provided by the department.

Details about the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program are provided.

My Risk
It provides a range of interactive features and resources including a fundamental risk assessment profile that allocates a user into a ‘risky’ or ‘safer’ behaviour rating using factors understood to affect shark bite risk. Risk rating escalates higher or lower subject to the input of the user (e.g. swimming at sunrise or dawn would increase the risk). The risk level can be reduced by adjusting risky behaviour but never eliminated (unless the user doesn’t go in the water)

Other Safety Programs
The NSW Government hosts, supports and/or promotes a range of other water safety programs. Links to key programs are provided so user can get the most out of NSW beautiful waterways while staying safer.
Updated on
Feb 5, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

313 reviews
Mark N
March 16, 2023
March 23:After a year of providing feedback, basic App functionality was finally fixed. How it was ever released without proper testing is still a mystery (bugs included no feedback,no push notification, no selection of favourite beach).Over the last few days, it has again dropped my favourite beaches. Even when re-entered, it is pushing notifications for events in all areas. Yes, my settings are correct. I've pretty much given up on this app. Please let me know if the development team changes.
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NSW Department of Industry
November 16, 2022
Hi Mark, Thank you for updating your feedback. We re-tested the support link seems to work as expected. Our tech team will be in touch with you to identify if it s a device specific issue to help resolve. "My Beaches" Settings get over-ridden when there is an OS or system update as we do not store any personal data and is only on your device.
A Google user
January 20, 2020
Unintuitive, difficult. Cannot even add favourite beaches as the app seems to be incapable of doing so. Alerts come in, how I don't know! Frustrating. Needs a lot of work. Well, after contacting the developers and hoping for some improvement, I downloaded and installed it again today 20 Jan 2020. Nothing has improved. Uninstalled it again.
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A Google user
July 2, 2019
The app has potential, but it's not really addressing user needs. I would suggest that you include coloured pins that indicate shark activity, (ie red/amber/blue), and also list "last detection", if any. Should also report actual shark attacks even if it's outside of supervised beaches. Reporting that a beach is not going to be patrolled is not really helpful, and should be less prominent. Surfers want to know last patrol and the most recent sitings. The app should also request location and start on my location. If not near a beach, just set a default location as it does now.
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What's new

Please update your app to the latest release as we have fixed some issues faced on a few devices. We also have seen some inconsistency in some Samsung devices relating to the feedback feature in the app; this has been re-tested and released. Please send us any feedback through the app and we will be happy to assist. Added a note so you can see what type of Alert you are viewing on the map. Fixed the issues on the filtering the alerts. Fixed push notifications issues.