Personal Safety

Australia is generally a safe place to live and study. However, For further information staying safe and secure, protecting yourselves, your family and property, visit the NSW Police Resources page for Fact Sheets and Videos.

PLAN AHEAD AND BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

  • Recognise potentially dangerous situations before they develop.
  • Be wary of strangers, don’t follow them or let a stranger into your car.
  • If you think someone is following you, change direction and go to places where there are lots of people.
  • When socialising, don’t drink too much.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Avoid quiet, lonely and gloomy places and side-alleys.
  • If you are going to be walking home late, try and organise for someone to pick you up from a train/bus station.
  • You may choose to carry a personal alarm.

STAYING SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • Check the train/bus timetable to avoid long waits after dark, especially if you’re alone.
  • Keep to open areas, avoid quiet, deserted shelters.
  • Avoid empty train carriages.

PARKING YOUR CAR

  • If you know you are going to be alone, and having to walk to your car when dark, park in well lit, busy areas.
  • Do not leave valuables in sight.
  • Lock your car before leaving.
  • When returning to your car, have your keys ready to open the door.

STAYING SAFE WHEN USING THE INTERNET

  • Using the internet is very much part of our everyday lives. The cyber world is rapidly changing, and there’s always new issues and risk arising. The best way to protect ourselves is to stay alert and aware of the vulnerabilities that we can potentially be exposed to when using the internet.

Here are some tips:

  • When you are on social networking pages, review your and security settings regularly. Change it so that your photos and information that you share on the site can be viewed only by people you know and trust.
  • When creating your profile, ask yourself how much are you comfortable to reveal to everyone.

CALLING FOR HELP

If you feel threatened, and/or for all emergencies, dial 000.