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Completion of Year 12 is traditionally a time of celebration for students across the state, and many take the opportunity to head off with friends to various 'Schoolies' locations for a well-deserved break.

The Safer Schoolies Initiative is a whole of government response to the Schoolies holiday season across Queensland. Lead by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Initiative, including the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response (Saturday 16 November to Friday 22 November 2019), is supported by numerous government agencies, local councils and community partners.

The Queensland Government does not promote Schoolies. We work in partnership with local councils and community groups to provide diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives to help young people stay safe during end-of-school celebrations and to minimise potential impacts of these gatherings on the local community.

Strategies delivered as part of the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response include:

  • free nightly activities and entertainment in an alcohol and drug-free entertainment precinct known as the Safer Schoolies Beach Party
  • wristbanding to easily identify schoolies
  • the establishment of a purpose-built medical facility
  • a range of coordinated support services, delivered by volunteers and community organisations
  • a statewide communication campaign and education program.

It's important to note that we're not the same as the agents and organisations that Year 12 school leavers may have booked their accommodation and travel through or other activities such as dance parties.

We are committed to the safety of young people and encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions and Be safe and watch your mates.

Need more information?

You can email us at or complete our Contact us form.

Alternatively, you can call the Safer Schoolies Hotline on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.