Information for parents and guardians

The end of Year 12 is traditionally a time of celebration for students, and many take the opportunity to head off with friends to various 'Schoolies' locations for a well-deserved break.

It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another – it’s also a time of great change and mixed emotions.

Soon, your teen may be moving away from home, so Schoolies can be a special time with friends they may not get to see much of in the future. It might also be the first time your teen has been away on holidays by themselves.

As parents and guardians, whilst you may be excited for your teen, the end-of-year celebrations can often leave you feeling a little uneasy. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your teen but that's where we come in. We're here to help you prepare your teen for a safe and memorable Schoolies celebration.

Regardless of if, where or how your teen is choosing to celebrate, they will still face situations of great responsibility and risk and we want to help them safely navigate what can often be a tricky time.

To help your teen keep these moments in time memorable for all the right reasons, check out the everyday tips and advice below.

We want all teens to Be safe and watch their mates.

  • Starting the conversation

    We are often contacted by worried parents for advice on how to help their teens stay safe at Schoolies. Start the conversation early, ask questions, share important information and don't shy away from the 'awkward' topics.

  • Staying safe

    To help you actively play a part in setting your teen up for a healthy and safe Schoolies, below you will find some key areas and advice that we encourage you to discuss with your teen leading up to their end of year celebrations.

  • Relationships and wellbeing

    Schoolies is often promoted as the best week of your teen's life but this is often not the case.

  • Rights and responsibilities

    Regardless of where your teen is choosing to celebrate Schoolies, it's important that they are aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, drugs and responsible behaviour may be different in each state or country.

  • Support on the Gold Coast

    Every year, we put on the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response to ensure the holiday period is as safe as possible for school leavers, local residents, businesses and the community in general.

  • Schoolies in other locations

    Information about locations other than the Gold Coast and Airlie Beach.