Australia is a peaceful country with low levels of crime. However, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations and keep yourself safe. Here are some helpful safety tips:

Personal safety

  • Always tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return
  • Be careful when you are travelling at night on your own
  • Do not leave personal belongings unattended
  • To contact the police, fire or ambulance in an emergency, telephone 000 from any mobile or landline telephone in Australia – this is a free call
  • Always carry a mobile phone, coins for a pay phone, or a phone card. Remember, emergency 000 calls are free of charge
  • Follow any security guidelines provided by your school or college
  • Avoid giving personal information to strangers
  • Lock doors and windows before you leave your house or apartment
  • Be careful when using automatic teller machines (ATMs) and put your cash in your wallet or bag quickly
  • Keep valuables out of sight when travelling on public transport

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Download safety information from the City of Sydney website.

The NSW Police Force has created a safety video available to students studying in NSW.

Transport safety (trains, buses and taxis)

There are a few basic safety guidelines to follow whenever you're using Sydney's public transport system which will help make your trip as safe as possible.

  • At night, wait for taxis, trains or buses in well lit areas next to other people
  • Keep your wallet/purse out of sight or close by your side
  • Sit in train carriages nearest the train guard (this carriage has a blue light) as they are always open and well lit
  • Sit wherever you feel most comfortable in a taxi (front or back seat)
  • Check timetables on to avoid long waits

Sun safety

The sun can be very strong in Australia and it is easy for your skin to sunburn. The following guidelines will help you to protect yourself from skin damage and skin cancer:

  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods between 10am and 3pm
  • Wear UV (ultraviolet) protective sunglasses
  • Wear a broad rim hat that will protect your face
  • Apply UV sunscreen at least every 20 minutes

Beach safety

Going to the beach is a popular activity in Australia, especially in the warmer months. The following guidelines will help you enjoy our wonderful beaches:

  • Swim between the red and yellow flags as this indicates the safest place to swim where surf lifesavers can help you if you get into difficulties in the water
  • Read the safety signs provided by surf lifesavers and the local council
  • Ask surf lifesavers for advice on surf conditions before entering the water
  • Swim with a friend so you can look out for each other
  • Keep an eye on your valuables while swimming – where possible do not take valuables to the beach

More information on beach safety is available in 34 languages from Australian Surf Life Saving website.


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