• When drinking

    You don't need to drink to have a great time at Schoolies. Alcohol may be considered to be the most socially acceptable drug, however, it is responsible for more drug-related deaths and trauma within youth than any other drug.

  • Around drugs

    The safest way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to say no and not use them. Drugs are not worth the risk!

  • At the Schoolies hub

    If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast, it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

  • Out and about

    Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? We've come up with a list of easy and practical tips to help you stay safe so you can have an enjoyable Schoolies for all the right reasons.

  • With sex

    If you choose to engage in sexual activity at Schoolies, it's important for you to decide if you want to have sex, that you both consent to the sexual activity and that you have safe sex every time.

  • With social media and privacy

    If it didn't happen on social media, it didn't happen right? When you upload photos or video to social media, you run the risk of not knowing where it may end up.

  • In your accommodation

    You may think your accommodation may be one of the safest places to be at Schoolies, but it can often be the place where a lot of risk taking behaviour occurs.

  • On the go

    Whether you're travelling by bike or vehicle during Schoolies, make sure you check out our tips below, especially the laws and responsibilities that come with hiring a scooter on the Gold Coast.

  • Around water

    We don't want to bang on about it but a lot of things can go wrong when you're enjoying the sun and surf, especially if you've been drinking or using drugs.

If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast (16-22 November 2019), it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

Access is the Schoolies Hub is only available for genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers who have a Safer Schoolies wristband.

Staying safe at the Schoolies Hub

  • 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@csyw.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) or download the Red Frogs Schoolies app. Please note: this is not an emergency hotline - Schoolies requiring emergency assistance should always call Triple Zero (000).