Whilst Schoolies is often referred to as a festival or event, it is essentially a holiday period where Year 12 school leavers, who are predominantly under the age of 18, book end-of-school holidays in popular tourist destinations. The Gold Coast has been a chosen destination for many Queensland high school graduates since the 1970’s.

The Queensland Government doesn't promote or encourage young people to book Schoolies holidays, rather it is committed to ensuring that the holiday period is as safe as possible for school leavers, local residents, businesses and the community in general.

This is achieved through the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response which provides support to schoolies and local communities, and aims to balance the needs of both by encouraging young people to engage in safe and responsible behaviour. 

In 2019, the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response will be activated from Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November.

Being a Safer Schoolies Volunteer

Each year, hundreds of dedicated and caring volunteers give up their time to help make Schoolies as safe as possible. Safer Schoolies volunteers work closely with a number of community organisations as well as local and state government agencies to deliver vital safety and support services to school leavers celebrating on the Gold Coast.

Safer Schoolies volunteers patrol in groups of four and provide a first point of contact for schoolies and the local community in need.

They fulfil a range of roles including supporting and assisting emergency service personnel and being a friendly face that schoolies can trust with the right advice or support when needed.

To volunteer at Schoolies you must:

  • be aged 18 and over
  • undergo training
  • hold a current Blue Card issued by Blue Card Services.  If you do not have a Blue Card, we can provide you with all the information you need to apply for one
  • be able to work in a team environment.

Volunteers often find the experience enormously rewarding and a great opportunity to make new friends.

Volunteer recruitment is now open

We are now accepting applications for 2019 Safer Schoolies Support Team volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please complete our Safer Schoolies Support Team volunteer application.

For general enquiries about volunteering at Schoolies, please email SaferSchoolies@csyw.qld.gov.au.