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Safe Partying & Schoolies
Staying safe while partying
Partying and celebrating with your mates can be awesome, until someone takes it too far or things get messy. Here are some quick tips about staying safe when you party:
- Stick together - if you're out with your friends, stick together and leave together. Don't leave friends behind, even if they want to keep partying when you're done.
- Trust your instincts - if you don't trust a person or a situation you probably have a good reason
- Use your head - drugs and alcohol can cause you to make decisions you would never make when you are sober
- You don't have to get smashed to have a good time
- Drink water and eat food in between alcoholic drinks
- Keep an eye on your drink - don't put it down.
- If you choose to have sex at a party or while you're under the influence - make sure you are aware of safe sex practices and that you make the decision when you are sober.
- Be careful about what you put on social media - photos, statuses, comments can all be accessed by future employers later on.
- Tell someone you trust where you're going and how they can contact you.
Hosting a Party
A fun time can turn sour pretty quickly if something bad happens. Fights, drug problems, people being too drunk or a visit from the police can shut a party down pretty quickly.
As the host of the party it is your responsibility to ensure that the party is a fun and safe environment for your guests. If something goes wrong, you will be the one who has to face the most consequences, so it is in your best interest - and the interest of your guests and your community - to take steps to avoid any problems.
Some of the typical problems that could go on at your party are:
- Alcohol problems - especially if you're under 18 (check out the factsheet below for current info on the law)
- Gatecrashers and unwanted guests
- Noise levels
- Upsetting your neighbours
Tips when hosting a party
- Try to let people know about the party in a way that can be controlled - like paper invitations instead of text or Facebook.
- Tell everyone it is an invite only party
- Be clear about the start and finish times
- Register your party with the police -
- Have some form of security at your party, even if its parents of the guests.
- Stay sober - you can keep a level head and deal with any issues that come up quickly.
- Serve food!
- Call the police if you need to - they will be more understanding and helpful if you have registered the party with them beforehand
- Let the neighbours know that you're having a party and what time you'll be turning the music down.
Click on the links below for some other useful websites about safe partying:
Youth Central: has info on everything you need to know about celebrating safely at Schoolies
Victoria Police: Party Safe
ReachOut: responsible drinking
Factsheet about "Alcohol, teenage parties and the law". A factsheet outlining the next secondary supply laws and the responsibilities of party hosts.
Check out these great articles and websites which talk about how to party safe and make decisions that you won't be left regretting the next day
Remember to always stick with your mates and don't be afraid to call 000 in an emergency
Whether you stay in Victoria, travel interstate or head overseas, Schoolies can be a great way to celebrate the end of high school and the beginning of adulthood with your friends. Many people come back with lots of fond memories they can laugh about for years to come. In order to make sure your experience is as positive as possible it is important to stay safe, look after your mates and be organised to avoid disappointment.
Check out these pages for great info, competitions, tips and much more!
- Schoolies Facebook - www.facebook.com/SchooliesWeek
- Schoolies on Youth Central - http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/schoolies
- Schoolies - www.schoolies.com
- Schoolies Survival Kit - http://au.reachout.com/Schoolies-survival-guide
- Be Safe, Watch Your Mate - Schoolies Safety Info - https://www.schoolies.qld.gov.au/
- Red Frogs - http://au.redfrogs.com/
Always remember that you can ring 000 for help at any time (or 112 if your phone is out of range). Do not hesitate to call if you or someone you know is in trouble or danger, or if you're lost or don't feel safe.
When you call an ambulance you won't necessarily have to deal with the police too - the police will only be called if someone's safety is being threatened. If you think you need to call an ambulance - it is always better to be safe than sorry. The paramedics want to keep you safe, they don't want to get you in trouble. Ambulance workers respect your privacy and will do what they can to assist you without contacting the police.
Remember to never leave a friend behind
Always write down the taxi number on the card situated infront of the passenger seat when hopping into a cab (in particular if you are catching a cab by yourself) - send the number to a friend or family number so that you can be tracked down if needed
Watch your drinks. Try buying bottled drinks when out at a nightclub or bar to avoid drink spiking. Don't forget that the most common way of spiking drinks is done using alcohol. Make sure you watch bartenders prepare your drinks to ensure you receive a standard amount of alcohol in your drink and not more
Do not forget that you have the right to say NO. Make decisions that you feel comfortable with. Call 000 at any time you feel unsafe
Parents, check out this great resource for tips on talking to your kids about staying safe at Schoolies.
Some useful contact numbers:
Schoolies - Gold Coast
- Police (000) - www.police.qld.gov.au
- Red Frogs (07 3343 8888) - www.redfrogs.com.au
- Drug Arm (07 5532 0717) - www.drugarm.com.au
- Surfers Paradise Day / Night Pharmacy (07 5592 1321)
Open 7am-12 Midnight 7 days a week
- Surfers Paradise Day & Night Medical Centre (07 5592 2299)
Open 7am- 11pm 7 days a week
- Exceptional Dental (07 5504 7002)
Open 9am -5pm 7 days a week
Schoolies - Bali
- Australian Consulate (241 118) - www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au
- Bali International Medical Centre Hospital (+62 361 761263) - Open 24 hours
- Balinese Police (110)
- Smart Traveller - http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/schoolies-leavers.html
Schoolies - Airlie Beach
- Police (000) www.police.qld.gov.au
- Red Frogs (1300 557 123) - www.redfrogs.com.au
- The Doctors Airlie Beach (07 4948 0900) Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm
- Airlie Beach Day & Night Pharmacy (07 4946 7000)