Local community

From Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November, the 2019 Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response will be activated to enhance the safety of schoolies and the local Gold Coast 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.  A key element of the response is the delivery of a nightly program of free diversionary activities which aim to divert school leavers from high risk behaviour and engage them in an alcohol and drug free, schoolies-only, area.

The ongoing patience and support of the Gold Coast community during the end-of year Schoolies period is recognised and greatly appreciated.

The Safer Schoolies team are here to help you prepare for the Schoolies holiday period. Thank you for your helping keep schoolies and the local community safe.

Gold Coast local residents

Information for residents in Surfers Paradise is provided through an annual newsletter in the lead up to the Schoolies holiday period and contains important information about the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response including information on road closures, diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives.

If you are a local Gold Coast resident and have an interest in the Schoolies period, you may like to consider volunteering.  In excess of 1,000 volunteers participate each year to support school leavers and the community, through a range of volunteer programs.

Gold Coast businesses

Businesses operating in Schoolies destinations are encouraged to promote positive, responsible and healthy behaviour when promoting their goods and services to school leavers.

During Schoolies, it is highly likely that the young people looking to purchase your goods and/or services will be under the age of 18.

Businesses are encouraged to act in a socially responsible manner and ensure that school leavers understand their rights and responsibilities, particular when hiring equipment.

Business may also like to consider offering discounts or special deals for schoolies. 

Important contacts during Schoolies

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Get in touch

If you have any questions or require any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us:

In case of emergency

In case of an emergency, don't risk it - always call Triple Zero (000).