2021 Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response

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 Enironment and Science
Phone: (07) 3339 5831
Email: media@des.qld.gov.au 

2021 Safer Schoolies Gold Coast media accreditation

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

Online applications for 2021 media accreditation will open closer to the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response.