BRISBANE , Feb 9 - Grace met with the heads of the Royal Lifesavers and the Surf Lifesavers on Friday, along with other stakeholders, after calls for swimming lessons to be made compulsory and more comprehensive.
She said the meeting had been productive, and they had started the discussion about how to improve swimming lessons in Queensland.
"I think we are far from the worst state in Australia, in fact I think we are doing very well, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement," Grace told reporters in Brisbane.
"If we can find ways to solve those gaps, and we can extend and improve on the program, of course we will all want to come together to deliver the best program we can in Queensland."
Currently, 98 per cent of Queensland schools are conducting some form of swimming lessons for students, though the type and frequency of the lessons is up to individual schools.
The current calls were sparked by Surf Life Saving Queensland Chief Operating Officer George Hill, who wrote to the Labor Government in December 2016 arguing mandatory swimming lessons in schools would cut the number of incidents on beaches, in dams, rivers and pools.
SLSQ CEO John Brennan said he was happy with the initial response to the concerns.
"Today is the first time that the industry relating to water safety has actually gotten together in Queensland," he told reporters.
The meeting on Friday was told making swimming lessons compulsory could potentially disadvantage some schools in remote parts of the state with limited access to swimming facilities.
Grace said they had also heard advice that the critical time for swimming lessons was between the ages of 1 and 5, before most children attend school, and the government was looking at ways of helping parents access swimming lessons for young children.
The roundtable is due to meet again in April, June and finally in August, with the expectation that final recommendations for changes to the swimming lesson program would be mde before next summer.