Australian Shark Attack File

Australian Shark Attack File

Australia's leading source of shark attack data

The Australian Shark Attack File is maintained as an uninterrupted record by a small number of committed Taronga team members since 1984. The File currently comprises more than 1,000 individual investigations from 1791 to today, making it the most comprehensive database available.

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Analysing the data

All shark attack cases that are reported undergo a comprehensive review of the circumstances and available details.

Find out more about the criteria for inclusion and the process behind classifying data.

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Port Jackson Shark. Photo: Bluebottle Films
Port Jackson Shark. Photo: Bluebottle Films

Publishing this information

Any use of this information in any publication must contain appropriate accreditation to the Australian Shark Attack File, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, and cannot be used for commercial purposes without express permission of Rodd Stapley and Taronga.

This database is dynamic and regularly updated (e.g. numbers of recorded attacks and their outcomes are subject to change reflecting the new information available and new cases as they occur).

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Port Jackson Shark. Photo: Bluebottle Films
A study into shark attacks conducted by university students
A study into shark attacks conducted by university students

Extra resources

From tips for swimming safely to understanding a shark's behaviour, find out everything you need to know from our resource hub.

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The Australian Shark Attack File currently comprises more than 1,000 individual investigations from 1791 to today. This report data is available in table format below, and has also been translated into an easy-to-use map by the Taronga team. 

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State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

9

0

7

2

QLD

3

1

2

0

SA

0

0

0

0

WA

7

0

5

2

VIC

1

0

1

0

TAS

0

0

0

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

20

1

15

4

Total - Provoked

7

0

5

2

Total - All Cases

27

1

20

6

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

5

0

4

1

QLD

3

0

2

1

SA

0

0

0

0

WA

6

1

2

3

VIC

1

0

1

0

TAS

0

0

0

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

15

1

9

5

Total - Provoked

3

0

2

1

Total - All Cases

18

1

11

8

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

8

0

6

3

QLD

2

0

2

0

SA

0

0

0

0

WA

5

2

2

1

VIC

1

0

0

1

TAS

1

0

0

1

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

17

2

9

6

Total - Provoked

9

0

7

2

Total - All Cases

26

2

16

8

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

14

1

8

5

QLD

4

0

1

3

SA

1

0

1

0

WA

2

0

2

0

VIC

1

0

1

0

TAS

0

0

0

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

22

1

14

6

Total - Provoked

11

1*

9

1

Total - All Cases

33

2

23

8

* = Fatal case TAS, Maria Island

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

3

2

1

0

QLD

1

0

1

0

SA

4

0

2

2

WA

2

0

2

0

VIC

1

0

0

1

TAS

0

0

0

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

11

2

6

3

Total - Provoked

12

3

8

1

Total - All Cases

23

5

14

4

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

3

1

1

1

QLD

2

0

2

0

SA

0

0

0

0

WA

4

1

2

1

VIC

1

0

1

0

TAS

0

0

0

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

10

2

6

2

Total - Provoked

4

0

4

0

Total - All Cases

14

2

10

2

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

5

0

3

2

QLD

1

0

1

0

SA

1

0

1

0

WA

5

2

2

1

VIC

1

0

1

0

TAS

1

0

1

0

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

14

2

9

3

Total - Provoked

8

0

5

3

Total - All Cases

22

2

14

6