Australia and New Zealand are among the safest countries in the world. As new students, you need to be aware of the risk involved when living in a highly urbanized society and how best to avoid them. Here are a few suggestions.

Be Vigilant
Stay alert and check your surroundings. Avoid strangers who approach you or try to offer you something you do not want. Be suspicious of anyone who asks you to trust them. If you feel uneasy, remove yourself from the area or situation. Trust your instincts. Better safe than sorry.

Keep Your Cash and Cards Safe
Keep you cash, credit or debit card safe from prying eyes. Use cash to pay for a taxi or when buying small items. Use your debit or credit card whenever possible. If you lose your cards, contact your bank to have it blocked
Keep a Low Profile
Do not draw too much attention to yourself. Do not wear jewellery or anything expensive. Wear appropriate and decent clothing. Speak English whenever possible and try not to talk loudly in public.
Know Your Surroundings
As a new student there is a need for you to learn how to get to campus, where to eat, where to get groceries and meats, which areas to avoid, and anything equally important. It is vital to know and understand the environment around you to ensure your safety is not compromised. Making yourself aware of the hazards can help you avoid any trouble

Keep in Touch
Let a roommate, close friend or relative know where you are going and when you are expected back. It is important for someone else to know, so that they can alert the authorities if you are gone longer than usual.
Always carry a mobile phone.
Get a SIM card early. Contact family, friends or even the EAUC to let them know where you are and how you are doing. Store emergency numbers in case you need to call authorities.
The police across all states and territories in Australia have also authored Think Before as part of their safety awareness initiative. The seven key safety messages promoted are:

  • Whenever possible travel in groups. Risk is created by travelling alone.

  • Keep valuables such as mobile phones, laptops and MP3 players out of sight and stay aware of your surroundings when travelling on public transport.
  • Outside of peak times and at night travel in the front carriage of the train with the driver. Whenever possible do not travel in empty carriages.

  • Check public transport timetables in advance. Avoid long waits on platforms and around public transport hubs. If you do have a long wait stay in well lit areas or near open shops.
  • Walk in well lit areas even if it means your trip is longer.
  • Avoid short cuts through dark isolated areas.

  • If you feel threatened in any way while walking on the street go to a shop or a house with lights on (if at night) and ask for police to be contacted.