Follow these tips to safely enjoy your stay in Australia

Australia's stable political system, low crime rate, well-maintained roads and high standard of health care make it a safe and pleasant country to study and explore. However, as at home, you should be aware of your personal safety, surroundings and possessions.

Remember these safety tips

Emergency services

The free emergency number to call for police, fire or ambulance in Australia is triple zero (000) or 112 from mobiles.

Security on-campus

Our campuses have 24-hour security services to provide assistance, safety and support.

Swimming at the beach

Always swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach where lifeguards can see you.

HEALTH SERVICES

Medical centres

There is health and medical services on our Gold Coast and Nathan campuses as well as medical centres throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

You can book an appointment or search for an after-hours doctor through Health Engine.

Hospitals

Find a hospital or other health service through Queensland Health. For urgent medical help, call triple zero (000).

On-campus medical services

Book an appointment with a doctor on-campus

SUN PROTECTION

Protect yourself against sun damage and skin cancer by using a combination of these five steps.

  1. Wear sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible and is made out of close-weave materials such as cotton, polyester/cotton and linen.
  2. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that provides good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears, which are common areas for skin cancers.
  3. Apply a broad-spectrum 30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before going in the sun and reapply every two hours.
  4. Stay in the shade, especially between 10 am and 3 pm when the sun is the hottest.
  5. Wear close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses.

Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world due to our proximity to the equator and our beautiful clear, blue-sky weather. Skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes in the sun so it is important to protect your skin all year round, even when it is cloudy.

SURF AND WATER SAFETY

Our beautiful beaches can pose potential risks to inexperienced beach goers, so it is important to take care when swimming. These risks include:

  • the size and strength of our surf
  • treacherous rips and gutters
  • dangerous marine creatures.

Lifesavers patrol our popular beaches from September to May. Red and yellow flags on these beaches mark the safest areas for swimming.

Download the the Beachsafe app for more information on patrolled beaches.

Beachsafe app

To enjoy beaches safely

If you follow these simple rules, everyone can enjoy the beach safely:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags where lifeguards can see you.
  • Look at, understand and obey the safety signs.
  • Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for advice before you enter the water.
  • Never swim alone—always ask a friend to swim with you.
  • Raise your hand, stay calm and call for help if you get into trouble.

Surf Life Saving Queensland

If you intend to go scuba diving, check with a dive operator in the local area or contact the Diving Industry Association in the state you are visiting for information on site conditions, safety regulations, licences, permits and diver rating requirements.

WILDLIFE

Australia is home to some of the most exquisite wildlife from around the world. However, some pose potential dangers. Although animal incidents are very rare in Australia, it is best to avoid feeding and playing with native animals and it is important to exercise caution when swimming and bushwalking.

Snakes and spiders

Australia has a variety of venomous snakes and spiders. However, bites are extremely uncommon. You can avoid snake and spider bites while hiking and bushwalking by keeping to clearly marked tracks and wearing protective clothing and footwear. To keep wildlife from entering your tent while camping, it is important to keep it closed at all times and be sure to shake out any shoes or belongings that have been left on the ground before wearing them again.

Sharks

Shark attacks are also very rare in Australia. A series of netting along more of our coastline deters sharks from our beaches. To further reduce your risk, always swim between red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches, never swim alone and do not swim at dawn or dusk.

OTHER DANGERS

Other dangerous creatures are marine stingers and crocodiles, which are not found near our campuses. However, you should be aware of the dangers when travelling. Marine stingers are generally found in the tropical waters of North Queensland during November through to April. During this time, you can only swim within stinger-resistant enclosures, which are set up on most popular beaches. You will also need to wear protective clothing when swimming and always observe any warning signs.

Crocodiles live in rivers and coastal estuaries across northern Australia. To stay safe in this region, observe safety signs and don't swim in rivers, estuaries, tidal rivers, deep pools or mangrove shores. We recommend you seek expert advice about crocodiles before camping, fishing or boating.

Marine stingers

Security

On-campus security is available 24 hours a day for enquiries, safety, assistance and support