Personal Safety and Security

Be Aware

Australia is one of the safest countries in the world, but like in all countries you can significantly reduce the risk of injury and protect yourself from experiencing personal harm by being aware of your surroundings and the situations that may put you at risk. Use common sense and safety measures to reduce the risk of injury.

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Be aware of your institution security services and use them when required

  • Never leave your personal belongings unattended
  • Do not leave valuables in view or in a place that is easy to access
  • Report any suspicious persons/behaviour to the BHS or security

Safety Tips

  • Recognise and avoid potentially risky situations.
  • Report any suspicious behaviour.
  • Carry your ID card with you at all times.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully as confidence deters attackers.
  • Carry a personal alarm or be prepared to scream loudly and run if threatened.
  • Avoid lonely or gloomy places, especially at night—walk with a friend, a Security Officer, or stay with a crowd in well-lit areas.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where you know there will be other people.
  • Trust your intuition.
  • When you’re socialising, play smart—one drink too many could make you vulnerable.

Safety of Property

  • Always ensure that your personal property is never left unattended.

Taking Public Transport

  • Know your timetable and avoid long waits at the bus stop, especially if you’re alone.
  • Keep to open, populated areas in full view of the bus and passing traffic.
  • Telephone for taxis <13 10 08> and, if possible, have someone see you off and keep a note of the taxi number. Sit in the back seat on the opposite side to the driver, and do not disclose any personal information.

Taking your Car

  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Move your car closer if you plan to be on campus after dark.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is secured at all times.
  • Never leave personal property visible in your car.
  • Have keys in your hand ready to open the car door and if necessary, use to defend yourself against an attacker.
  • Check the back seat or hatch for intruders before getting into your car.
  • Once inside, lock all doors with windows up.

Public Telephones and Mobiles

  • Always carry change, a phone card or a mobile phone.
  • When using a public telephone, turn your back to the phone and speak looking outwards.
  • If threatened, dial the police <000>.
  • If you carry a mobile phone, program emergency numbers into it for quick access.
  • If you call the police, be sure to give your name and location.

Sun Protection and Safety

Australia’s sun is harsh and protection from the sun is required. Some basic tips for protecting yourself from sunburn and skin cancer are:

Surf and Water Safety

There are many beautiful coastlines to visit and enjoy around Australia. Surf and water safety is an extremely important issue when visiting popular Australian beaches and below are a few tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable day:

  • Swim at beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Do not swim on beaches that are closed or that are not patrolled by Lifeguards.
  • Do not swim after you have eaten or if you have consumed alcohol.
  • Follow all instructions from the Lifeguards on duty.
  • Swim in the designated areas (normally marked by red and yellow flags).
  • Stay out of the water if unsure of the surf conditions or there are no safety flags.
  • If you get caught in a rip then swim diagonally across it. Do not swim against it.
  • If you get caught in a rip stay on your float or surfboard.
  • If you are in trouble then raise one arm, and wait for assistance.
  • For further Surf and Beach safety tips visit Surf Lifesaving

Motor Vehicle Safety

  • In Australia we drive on the left side of the road.
  • You must wear a seat belt at all times whether you are driving or a passenger in a vehicle.
  • Always carry your driver’s license with you.
  • Do not use your mobile phone while driving, use hands free or switch off your phone while driving.
  • Be aware of pedestrians at all times, and especially in areas where there are shopping centres, schools and elderly residents.
  • Do not drink alcohol and drive. The blood alcohol concentration limit for learners and probationary drivers is zero and for full licensed drivers it is 0.05.
  • Approach intersections at a speed that allows you to stop if necessary.
  • Be aware of cyclists and motorcycles.
  • Avoid driving when tired. Pull over and take a walk or power nap at regular intervals during long trips.
  • Be courteous and considerate to all other road users.
  • Plan trips in advance, and leave time to explore and rest without rushing in areas where you are unfamiliar with the roads
  • If you are travelling in more rural areas of Australia at night, you may encounter livestock and animals on the roadside and in the middle of the road. Animals often graze roadside and your vehicle lights may attract the animal’s attention. They may stand in your path or suddenly step out onto the road. So be aware when driving at night.
  • To become familiar with road rules, signs and hazards that you may encounter, download a copy of the Australian Road Rules:

Pedestrian Safety

  • Always cross the street at traffic lights or a pedestrian crossing.
  • Only cross the road when the green walking signal is displayed. Never start crossing when there is a red signal.
  • Always ensure that any approaching drivers can see you before you step out onto the road.
  • Never assume that a driver will stop for you.
  • If there is no crossing, avoid crossing where you cannot see approaching traffic such as near the crest of a hill or at a bend in the road. Cross where you know it is safe.
  • Always use footpaths where they are provided. People walk, jog, push prams, ride bicycles and rollerblade on footpaths, so keep to the left and be courteous of other users.
  • If there is no footpath, walk facing oncoming traffic and keep as close to the side of the road as possible.
  • Always wait in designated areas (bus stops or tram stops) for public transport. Do not sit close to tram lines or on the side of the road while waiting for public transport.
  • At railway level crossings, wait for the boom to rise and the bells to stop before you cross – a second train may be approaching.