• Strategies and advice to help keep you safe when drinking during Schoolies.

  • Strategies and advice to help keep you safe if you choose to take drugs during Schoolies.

  • Tips and advice on how to stay safe when celebrating in the Schoolies beach hub.

  • Strategies on how to stay safe during sex at Schoolies .

  • Learn how to protect yourself and your friends on social media during Schoolies.

  • Tips and advice to help keep you safe in your Schoolies accommodation.

  • Practical tips to keep you safe when out and about during Schoolies.

If you're celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast (18–24 November 2023), it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Beach Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

Access to the Schoolies Beach Hub (Surfers Paradise beach on the Gold Coast) requires the official Safer Schoolies wristband, which is only distributed to legitimate Year 12 school leavers.

To get an official Safer Schoolies wristband on the Gold Coast, you need to pre-register using your valid Australian Year 12 student photo identification.

Online pre-registration will be available in September 2023.

Staying safe in the Schoolies beach hub

  • Headed to Schoolies? Here are a few tips to help you stay safe during your end-of-school celebrations.

    Headed to Schoolies? Here are a few tips to help you stay safe during your end-of-school celebrations.

  • stick together – make sure you have a responsible friend to hang with so that you can keep an eye on each other
  • leave no one behind – if you’ve have enough for the night, make sure you don’t leave any of your friends back at the Schoolies Hub alone
  • pre-arrange a meeting point inside the Schoolies Hub in case you get separated from your friends
  • stay hydrated – head to one of the two Recharge Zones inside the Schoolies Hub where free water is on offer
  • keep your hands to yourself – groping without consent is assault
  • Stay out of the water – swimming at night can be very dangerous and there may not be any Lifeguards on duty to help if you get into trouble
  • wear shoes – you never know when you may come across glass or sharp objects in your travels
  • have your phone fully charged in case you can’t find your friends or need to call Triple Zero (000)
  • just walk away – avoid violence or risk serious physical, emotional or criminal consequences. Remember, one punch can kill.
  • if you need to take medical equipment or prescription medication in to the Schoolies Hub, please contact us beforehand at SaferSchoolies@des.qld.gov.au
  • responsible behaviour – remember that you never know who is watching. Be aware that your behaviour could end up in someone’s social media feed or in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Help is always available on the Gold Coast

  • Safer Schoolies Volunteers – can be found inside the Schoolies Hub (wearing the bright orange vests). Whether you need a walk home, are feeling unwell, have a friend who has drunk too much or just need a friendly face to talk to, a team of volunteers will always be available to help.
  • Recharge Zones – two Recharge Zone tents can be found within the Schoolies Hub (right near each stage) and one outside the entry on the Esplanade. Head to a Recharge Zone for free water, a quiet place to regroup, or support of any kind including medical attention.
  • Emergency Treatment Centre – located on the Esplanade, providing free treatment for medical emergencies.
  • Chill Out Zone – providing a safe and supervised chill out space for those who are drug or alcohol affected, offering free water, first aid and general support. The Chill Out Zone van can be found in the nightclub precinct on Orchid Avenue, from 9pm nightly.
  • Red Frogs – whether you need help mediating a problem with your roommates, a walk home back to your accommodation or would simply love an in-room pancake cook up for you and your mates, Red Frogs Australia are your people. Call the Red Frogs hotline on 1300 557 123 (available 24 hours a day).
    Please note: this is not an emergency hotline – Schoolies requiring emergency assistance should always call Triple Zero (000).