• 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.

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. Below you’ll find a few key points to help keep you safe and happy in your accommodation. Let’s kick it off with two really easy tips:

  1. Read your accommodation House Rules before you head off to Schoolies. It can help you avoid any nasty surprises or possibly being evicted. Some apartments won't allow you to bring in any glass or they can outline whether you are allowed any guests in your apartment and if so, how many and at what times.
  2. Store your accommodation location in your phone. You might feel silly about dropping a pin in Google Maps or simply saving the address and contact number of where you are staying but trust us, streets can look very different in the dark.

Balcony safety

Behaving irresponsibly on balconies is extremely dangerous. You face eviction, being charged by the police and most importantly, endangering your life. Balconies can become especially dangerous after drinking alcohol or using drugs. Stay well away from balconies if you and your friends are under the influence.

Take care on balconies and remember:

  • don’t sit on, lean over, climb or hang off the side of balconies. Accidents happen - you could slip and fall
  • never ‘room hop’ or ‘balcony hop’ from balcony to balcony - one wrong move could prove fatal
  • avoid overcrowding - take it inside or head down to the Schoolies Hub
  • don’t throw objects – Schoolies is a very busy time and there may be people walking below. Objects thrown or dropped from a height can become dangerous projectiles when they reach the ground

Don't get caught up in the moment and make a silly mistake that could ruin your Schoolies, or your life.

Even if you're not doing the wrong thing, you can also be evicted if the incident occurred on your balcony.

Lift safety

It is important to remember that during Schoolies, lifts will be under more stress and demand than usual, and there is the real risk that there will be a lot of people in a lift at any one time.

Do:

  • wait for the next one if the lift is full
  • pay attention to displayed load limits and don’t overload the lift
  • stand clear of the doors.

Don’t:

  • use the lift in the event of a fire – head to the stairs instead
  • get on an overly crowded elevator – wait for the next one
  • jump up and down in lifts
  • rest on or push someone against the door.

If you get stuck in a lift:

  • use the emergency phone or alarm to get help. If you have your phone on you, call Triple Zero (000)
  • take the incident seriously - environments like this could induce or aggravate existing or underlying medical conditions such as anxiety, asthma or diabetes
  • stay in the lift – do not attempt to pry open the doors or climb out of the roof
  • stay calm and reassure anyone who is panicking.

Visitors

Different accommodation providers have different rules. Carefully consider if having visitors in your apartment is a good idea. It could be more trouble than it's worth.

  • always check your House Rules first as you may not be allowed to have visitors where you are staying
  • always seek permission from your fellow roomies before you invite someone back to your accommodation
  • trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right or you feel uncomfortable for any reason, ask your visitors to leave (e.g. suggest you all head down to the Schoolies Hub)
  • be a considerate guest when visiting other’s accommodation – treat their accommodation as you would treat yours.

Theft

You may be used to your parentals locking up the house and keeping you safe at home but during Schoolies, it’s your responsibility to take care of your valuables.

  • keep all valuables in the hotel safe
  • keep doors to connecting rooms locked at all times
  • ensure your front door always secures completely when entering or exiting the building
  • at night or when you are not in your room in general, make sure that you keep all balcony doors locked
  • don’t invite strangers in to your room (including schoolies you don’t know)
  • if you see any suspicious activity, report it to your accommodation manager immediately.