2020 School Leaver Support Model – Gold Coast

Whilst end-of-school celebrations will look very different for Year 12 graduates this year, the Safer Schoolies team remain committed to assisting those young people that may still choose to visit Surfers Paradise to mark this milestone in their lives.

The 2020 School Leaver Support Model – Gold Coast will be delivered in a COVID safe manner and will offer an integrated health and wellbeing space where young people in need can receive assistance, including emergency medical services and specialist mental health support.

The government does not promote these celebrations but realises in 2020 there is still a need to support any underage and unsupervised Year 12 school leavers who may be present in the Surfers Paradise precinct, and the local community.

Led by Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the adapted support model will be delivered in partnership with nine Queensland Government agencies, five community partners and the City of Gold Coast.

The 2020 School Leaver Support Model will be activated from Saturday 21 November to Friday 27 November to deliver vital safety and support services to Year 12 school leavers who still may be present in Surfers Paradise during this time.

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
Email: media@csyw.qld.gov.au

2020 School Leaver Support Model media accreditation

Despite operating under a very different model to previous years, the Queensland Government and community organisations will continue to provide this year’s Queensland Year 12 cohort with an appropriate level of health and wellbeing support.

We ask media representatives to become accredited as another means of safeguarding the wellbeing of school leavers that choose to come to Surfers Paradise for their end of school celebrations.

Accreditation of media representatives allows school leavers to instantly recognise legitimate media representatives if they are approached for photographs, vision and comment. Concurrently, it allows non-accredited persons purporting to be media to be easily identified as such by school leavers, the QPS and local law authorities.

Accreditation applications will open in early November.