Information for the Gold Coast Community

Whilst Schoolies is often referred to as a festival or event, it is essentially a holiday period when Year 12 school leavers, who are predominantly under the age of 18, book end-of-school holidays in popular tourist destinations. The Gold Coast has been a chosen destination for many Queensland high school graduates since the 1970s.

The Queensland Government doesn't promote or encourage young people to book Schoolies holidays however, it is committed to ensuring that the holiday period is as safe as possible for school leavers, local residents, businesses and the community in general.

This is achieved through the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response which provides support to school leavers and the local community, and aims to balance the needs of both by encouraging young people to engage in safe and responsible behaviour.

In 2020, the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response will be activated from Saturday 21 – Friday 27 November.


  • Accommodation providers

    Schoolies may have booked accommodation on your property either via booking agents or through privately owned properties, or there may be some bookings that you aren't even aware of. Accommodation providers play an important role in enhancing the safety of school leavers during the Schoolies holiday period.

  • Local community

    The seven night safety response is a whole of government response that provides a suite of integrated health and support services, and initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety of school leavers and minimising disruption to the local community.