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									             Safer Schoolies 2008
Information for businesses and the community
What are the dates for Schoolies 2008 in Queensland?
While commercial booking agencies promote Schoolies from late November to early
December, Safer Schoolies activities take place in four Queensland locations between
Saturday 22 and Sunday 30 November.
Specifically:
       Airlie Beach — 22 to 28 November
       Gold Coast — 22 to 30 November
       Magnetic Island — 23 to 28 November
       Yeppoon — 23 to 27 November.

How many teenagers are expected to attend Schoolies?
Between 700 and 1000 schoolies are estimated to visit Magnetic Island; between 2500 and
3000 visit Airlie Beach; approximately 500 schoolies visit Yeppoon and between 30,000 and
35,000 schoolies will visit the Gold Coast.

How is the Queensland Government responding to Schoolies
statewide?
The Queensland Government has initiated a statewide safety campaign — the Safer
Schoolies Initiative — with the aim to inform and educate graduating Year 12 students and
their parents about health and safety, and personal rights and responsibilities during end-of-
year activities.
The initiative is a whole-of-government response, involving the departments of Communities,
Treasury, Justice and Attorney-General, Education, Health, Tourism, Transport, Emergency
Services and Police, as well as local councils and numerous volunteering and community
partners.
Working in partnership with local community organisations and councils, the Queensland
Government has allocated funding for Safer Schoolies activities and safety responses in
Airlie Beach, the Gold Coast, Magnetic Island, Yeppoon, and on a smaller scale at the
Sunshine Coast.
This funding enables the provision of safety mechanisms such as registration and
wristbanding to easily identify schoolies, recruitment and training of volunteers to give advice
and support, free transport and activities in alcohol and drug-free environments for schoolies
only.

What is being done for local businesses and communities impacted by
Schoolies?
The Queensland Government and local councils are working together to help make
Schoolies rewarding and fair for everyone involved — not just the schoolies.


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The Safer Schoolies Initiative involves a range of communication methods to ensure local
businesses and communities impacted by Schoolies are kept informed and can easily
access information about activities in their region.
Additional elements of the initiative include:
        a highly visible police presence in Schoolies precincts
        additional emergency services
        improved coordination of local councils, volunteers and community-based
         organisations
        a centralised hotline for complaints, compliments and feedback
        the official Schoolies website
        fact sheets for target audiences
        business and industry forums for local communities
        print and radio advertising advising of road closures or other disruptions.

What should business operators know about Schoolies?
Schoolies are encouraged to know their rights before booking accommodation, purchasing
goods or hiring vehicles. Similarly, business operators should ensure they don’t discriminate
against schoolies by clearly outlining their rules and regulations before the deal is done.
It is essential that both parties are aware of their rights and obligations to ensure the safety of
all participants and the continued economic growth of business operators in Safer Schoolies
destinations.
The Queensland Government recognises that business operators need to protect their
property and business from damage, however it is also essential that customers are treated
fairly and with respect.
Businesses should not impose obligations or provide services to schoolies that would not
apply to all clients at any other time of the year. A complaint handling process should also be
in place to register and respond to any complaints.
Accommodation providers can get more information and best practice Schoolies advice in
the Resident Letting Agents Good Business Guide at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or by calling
13 13 04.
The guide provides practical advice to enable business operators to provide fair terms and
conditions for school leavers in a bid to decrease the likelihood of lengthy disputes.
Remember, school leavers and their families could be future customers.
Further advice or information in relation to disputes is available by calling the Department of
Justice and Attorney-General’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch on 1800 017 288.

What are some of the Safer Schoolies activities being offered this year?
Safer Schoolies activities are exclusively for schoolies and require proof of Year 12 student
photo ID, or equivalent, to access.



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Activities include: movie nights, dance parties and a Recharge Zone supervised by police,
volunteers and medical services at Magnetic Island; free amusement activities and DJ
parties at Schoolies Central — a one-stop-shop for schoolies — at Airlie Beach; free
breakfast and barbecues and a Schoolies Nightclub at Yeppoon; and free nightly DJ
entertainment in a fenced area known as the Schoolies Hub on central Surfers Paradise
Beach on the Gold Coast.

What are the access requirements for Queensland’s Safer Schoolies
activities?
Each Safer Schoolies location has its own access requirements, but all require proof of
student photo ID to take advantage of the free activities and safety responses being offered.
There is no online pre-registration for Schoolies.

What are some of the safety services being provided during Schoolies?
As part of the Safer Schoolies Initiative, a range of safety services will be provided at the key
Schoolies destinations in Queensland.
Police, emergency services, security, volunteers and officials will maintain a highly-visible
presence, providing schoolies with medical assistance, general support and advice.
Additionally, the Queensland Government has allocated funding to Red Frogs Australia to
recruit more than 1200 volunteers to provide practical in-house support to schoolies at the
major Safer Schoolies destinations throughout the state.
The Red Frogs’ 24-hour hotline will also be available for schoolies to request a crew member
walk them home safely, have pancakes cooked in their unit, or ask for help to mediate
problems between other schoolies or toolies (past Year 12 graduates) in their
accommodation venue.

What is being done to manage toolies and foolies?
Toolies are past Year 12 students while foolies are those yet to reach Year 12. Safer
Schoolies activities are for graduating Year 12 students or TAFE equivalent only.
Parents are urged to discourage their teenagers from attending Schoolies if they are not a
legitimate Year 12 graduate.
Access to Safer Schoolies activities will require proof of student photo ID. Alternative forms of
ID may be accepted, including a current passport, driver’s licence or 18+ Card.
No ID — no access.

What is being done about underage and excessive drinking at
Schoolies?
It has always been an offence to supply alcohol to minors on licensed premises, but under
new laws, adults must provide responsible supervision to minors when supplying alcohol for
consumption in private places such as parties or Schoolies.


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Penalties are high — parents caught providing alcohol to their underage child for
consumption in an unsupervised environment will face penalties of up to $6000.
Police now have greater powers to seize alcohol that has the potential to cause harm to
minors or that is being recklessly provided to minors. Police can now also confiscate alcohol in
cars and public places and dispose of alcohol they reasonably suspect is destined for
unsupervised consumption by minors.
Providing alcohol to underage children where there is no responsible supervision is not only
dangerous, it is now illegal.
Police and liquor licensing officers will be on the lookout for underage drinkers during
Schoolies.
Parents are urged to talk to their teenager about responsible drinking and the harmful effects
of binge drinking. Parents should encourage their teenager to be safe and watch their mates,
think before they drink and know their limitations.
Safer Schoolies activities are drug and alcohol-free.

How do I report noise complaints or suspected criminal behaviour?
For minor complaints about the behaviour of young people in residential apartment buildings
or hotel units please contact the building manager.
For complaints about excessive noise or if you suspect illegal behaviour of young people,
contact the Queensland Police on:
Gold Coast                     5581 2900
Rockhampton / Yeppoon          4932 3500
Sunshine Coast                 5475 2444
Magnetic Island                4759 9777
Mackay / Airlie Beach          4968 3444
Alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 — a free telephone hotline which you can
call and provide anonymous information about suspected criminal activity.




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             Gold Coast Schoolies Community Safety Response

What is the Schoolies Hub?
The Schoolies Hub is a fenced area on central Surfers Paradise Beach providing free
entertainment over nine nights for legitimate Year 12 graduates or TAFE equivalent only. The
hub will be open most nights from 7.30pm to 1.30am and include DJ music from two beach
stages.

How do schoolies access the free Safer Schoolies activities on offer?
Schoolies wishing to access the Schoolies Hub will need an official wristband which will be
distributed on proof of Year 12 student photo ID. If a student or TAFE photo ID is not
available, alternative forms of ID may be considered, including a current passport, driver’s
licence or 18+ Card.

How do schoolies get a wristband for the Schoolies Hub?
Gold Coast schoolies booked into accommodation through schoolies.com must collect their
wristband during check-in at their hotel from a Red Frogs volunteer.
Schoolies staying at alternative accommodation or visiting for the day can collect a wristband
from the Wristband Distribution Centre at central Surfers Paradise Beach. The centre will
open on Saturday 22 November from 10am to midnight, then 2pm to 10pm each day until
Sunday 30 November.
Schoolies are urged to keep their wristband on for the duration of their stay as removing it or
sharing it will make it invalid.

What support services will be provided at Gold Coast Schoolies?
As in other Safer Schoolies destinations, police, emergency services, security, volunteers
and officials will have a strong presence at the Gold Coast, offering general support, advice
and medical assistance.
Volunteer groups, including Rosie’s Youth Mission, DRUG ARM, Hotel Chaplaincy Australia
(Red Frogs), Scripture Union, Management of Public Intoxication Program, Crime Stoppers
Queensland and Volunteers in Policing, will provide practical support and advice to
schoolies, assist with directions, health and safety information and referrals to other support
services.
Three Recharge Zones will be located within the Schoolies Hub, providing a place for
schoolies to recuperate, rest and generally receive support. Staffed by trained volunteers, the
Recharge Zones will provide a focal point during the night handing out free water to
schoolies.
Appropriate medical services will also be housed in close proximity to the Schoolies Hub to
provide immediate treatment. An Ambulance Treatment Centre will offer medical and first aid
services, with an ambulance on standby for transport to the Gold Coast Hospital.



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Schoolies will also be able to access free transport with the RACQ free2go bus service from
8.30pm and 3am each night, providing safe transportation every 20 minutes between the
major hotels along the Gold Coast.

Will there be any road closures in central Surfers Paradise?
Due to the influx of tens of thousands of schoolies into central Surfers Paradise, road
closures will be implemented to ensure the safety of pedestrians each night.
A notice will be placed in the Gold Coast Bulletin and on the Queensland Government’s
official Schoolies website advising Surfers Paradise residents of planned road closures
before Gold Coast Schoolies begins. Residents are encouraged to visit the website regularly
for updates.
For more information, contact the Gold Coast City Council on 1300 333 000.


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