When you are travelling and living away from home, it is very important for you to keep a cool head and use common sense to protect yourself and your belongings.
In Queensland, as in most places in the world, it’s a good idea not to walk around on your own in lonely places, particularly at night. When you are out and about, don’t wear visible money bags, cameras or jewellery that might attract a thief’s eye.
Your home is your base, so take care and keep it safe! Make sure that all doors and windows are locked when you go out, and preferably when you are home as well. When you are out, do not leave your keys where a stranger may find them (e.g. under a pot plant or the doormat).
Schools, colleges and universities in Queensland all have safety rules and regulations, which you will be told about during orientation. These are things like:
- Where to go if there is a fire.
- The phone number of the security department.
- After hours access to classrooms, computer rooms, gym and other facilities.
It’s important to relax! There are so many ways to take time out, recharge your batteries and explore your new Queensland home. But you still need to be aware of potential problems and dangers so that you can stay safe while you are taking a well deserved break.
For more personal safety information and tips, check out the “Personal Safety” section of the Queensland Police website at www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/personalSafety
Safety for under 18 years old
Stay safe during your stay in Queensland. Please follow the safety tips below, so that your experience here will be one to remember.
OUT & ABOUT AT NIGHT
- Make sure that your carer knows where you are at all times (day and night).
- Add to your mobile phone number list this name ICE (in case of emergency) and insert the phone number of your carer.
- Where possible, always travel with a group of people you know well.
- Keep to well-lit areas.
- Stay alert at all times.
- If you are travelling on your own, stay alert to your surroundings, no matter what time of day.
- Be aware that electronic devices such as mobile phones can be a distraction and may cause you to become less alert.
- Keep to well-frequented places and avoid dead-ends and poorly-lit areas.
MONEY AND VALUABLES
- Always keep money and valuables in a safe location e.g.: zipped bag or backpack.