• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

When talking about rights and responsibilities with your teen, we suggest reminding them that one poor choice at Schoolies can drastically affect their entire future. Having a criminal record can remove opportunities such as getting a job or being allowed to travel to other countries.

Top rights and responsibilities to cover before Schoolies:

In Queensland:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to enter a licensed venue or purchase alcohol
  • Supplying alcohol to underage friends could see your teen facing a fine of $10,444* (per friend supplied)
  • Drinking in a public place is against the law, regardless of your age - $130* fine
  • Underage drinking or possession of liquor in a public place, even if holding a drink for your friend whilst they tie their shoelace – $391* fine
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs. Police often do roadside testing for both alcohol and drugs during Schoolies.
  • Possessing or supplying others will illegal drugs is a serious criminal offence
  • Possessing an implement (e.g. bong, cannabis pipe, needle) that is used for smoking or taking illegal drugs is an offence
  • It is illegal for you to give someone prescription drugs, other than as prescribed
  • Selling or supplying tobacco to someone under the age of 18 years of age is illegal
  • Don't fake it! It's illegal to use someone else's ID or make a fake ID:
    • if you use a friend's ID you may be fined $391* on the spot.
    • if you lend your ID to a friend you may be fined up to $652* and the ID may be confiscated on the spot.

*Fines are correct at the time of publishing.

Parents – you may think you are protecting your teen if you buy them alcohol for Schoolies.

If your teen is under the age of 18 and you are leaving them unsupervised, you could be fined up to $10,444 for supplying alcohol to a minor.