Whilst Schoolies is often referred to as a festival or event, it is essentially a holiday period where 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, rather 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 schoolies and local communities, and aims to balance the needs of both by encouraging young people to engage in safe and responsible behaviour. 

Media enquiries

All media enquiries related to the Queensland Government's Statewide Safer Schoolies Initiative, should be directed to:

Media Unit, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
Phone: (07) 3828 2611

Media accreditation

All media personnel, including journalists, photographers and camera operators conducting media duties at the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response must apply for accreditation.

A recent JPG headshot (passport style) of the applicant must accompany the application at the time of submission.

Media are also required to read and agree to adhere to the department’s Conditions of Media Accreditation.

Online applications for 2019 media accreditation will open later in the year.

If you have any questions about 2019 media accreditation, please contact the Safer Schoolies Team by emailing