• When drinking

    It's important to set clear rules and expectations around alcohol early on.

  • Around drugs

    As a parent/guardian, drug use is often one of the biggest concerns when it comes to allowing your teen to celebrate Schoolies.

  • With sex

    When it comes to sex, don't assume that your teen is across it all.

  • Out and about

    Information for when you're child is out at Schoolies.

  • With social media and privacy

    Leading up to Schoolies, make time to share some tips on how your teen can keep themselves safe whilst using social media.

  • Relationships and wellbeing

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

  • Accommodation

    You may think that the safest place for your teen to hang out during Schoolies is in their accommodation but often, it can be the place where risk taking behaviour is at its highest.

  • During schoolies

    Your teen may have zero expectations of staying in contact with you whilst their away at Schoolies but we encourage parents / guardians to stay in touch with their teens during their time away.

You may think that the safest place for your teen to hang out during Schoolies is in their accommodation but often, it can be the place where risk taking behaviour is at its highest. It may seem like common sense but we encourage you to take the time to discuss with your teen key tips to keeping them safe in their accommodation.

Top ten points to help keep your teen safe in their accommodation:

  1. Make sure your teen reads their accommodation house rules before they head to Schoolies – outlines acceptable behaviour and rules that must be abided by during their stay including whether they are allowed visitors back to their apartment and some even list whether they can bring in glass to the apartment (yes, including jars of jam and spaghetti sauce).
  2. Take care on balconies, especially if under the influence – your teen faces eviction, being charged by the police or more importantly, endangering their life if they behave irresponsibly on balconies
  3. Overcrowding of lifts can result in entrapment and your teen could face serious health risks or be evicted. Remind your teen to pay attention to displayed load limits and wait for the next one if it’s full.
  4. Be respectful that permanent residents and other holiday makers may also be staying in the same accommodation – think about noise especially when coming home from the Schoolies Hub
  5. Discuss being wary of who your teen and friends invite back to their accommodation – always check with roommates before extending any invitations.
  6. Keep valuables locked in accommodation safe or don’t take to Schoolies in the first place.
  7. Inspect accommodation carefully upon arrival – take photos of any existing damage and report immediately so that they can't be blamed for it later.
  8. Make sure your teen catches up with their mates about each other’s expectations for the week – including what behaviour is acceptable and their thoughts on visitors, partying and responsibilities within the accommodation.
  9. It’s a good idea for everyone's financial contribution to be paid before Schoolies - including food, accommodation and bond costs.
  10. The streets can look very different in the dark so suggest your teen drops a pin in Google or saves their accommodation address in their phone.