Don’t go it alone. Watching your mates, and making sure they’re safe, is the best way to have a great time at Schoolies.
Here are some handy tips to help make your Schoolies’ memories good ones.
- Stick together. Always go out with at least one other person you know and make sure your friends know who you want them to call in an emergency.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you sense danger from someone or some place, trust your instincts and leave immediately.
- If someone pays you unwanted attention, move to another area or get help from a friend, volunteer, security guard or police officer.
- If a friend is acting strangely, or unable to control themselves because they have drunk too much or they may have been drugged, seek immediate medical attention. Never leave them alone or with a stranger.
- It’s OK to walk away from a confrontation. You have a choice. Avoid violence or risk serious physical, emotional and criminal consequences. Remember, one punch can kill. So be smart and support people who don’t fight!
- No means no! Unwanted or forced sexual behaviour is a crime.
- You don’t need to drink or take drugs to have fun. If you do drink, give your body a break — enjoy some alcohol-free days and make every second drink a non-alcoholic one.
- Expensive fines apply for underage drinking, drinking in a public place and for possession and supply of alcohol to minors. You may also be fined for possession of a fake ID. Don’t risk it — it could cost you thousands.
- Drink-spiking can happen anywhere, including quiet premises and private parties. Chances are you won’t see or smell any difference. Buy your own drink and never leave it unattended. Report any incidents of drink-spiking to the police.
- If you think a friend may have had their drink spiked, seek immediate medical attention. Do not leave them alone or with a stranger. If you are alone, a volunteer or ambulance officer can help.
- It is illegal to possess or consume drugs. In Queensland, 17 year olds have their drug offences determined in the adult court system.
If you need urgent help from the police, ambulance or fire brigade CALL triple zero (000). Ambulance officers will not notify police unless they are prevented from performing their duties or a crime is being committed. If you need both an ambulance AND the police make sure you tell the operator this before you hang up, or call triple zero (000) again and ask for the services you need.
Any personal information shared online via social networking websites can affect your safety and even your future job prospects. Set your profiles to private or friends only and only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
If you receive a sexually suggestive or explicit photo do not send it to anyone else. Posting or emailing inappropriate images of other people, particularly those under 18, is a criminal offence. You could face child pornography charges if the photograph or footage is of someone under the age of 18.
If you’re travelling with friends for the first time, there are a few things you need to know about booking accommodation.
- It’s a good idea to discuss costs and house rules, and make sure everyone in your group agrees before you leave home.
- A security bond is money you pay (in addition to your accommodation costs) as insurance against any damage caused to the accommodation (room, furniture or fittings). If there is no damage, the bond is returned to you after your stay.
- Read your responsibilities under the booking terms and conditions, house rules and accommodation agreement.
- Inspect the accommodation carefully when you arrive and report any damage immediately so that you can’t be blamed for it later. Take photos of any damage so you have proof as to what state the items/accommodation was in before your stay.
Check out www.schoolies.qld.gov.au for more useful information on how to have a safe Schoolies.