Fear not, Australia is one of the safest places in the world.
But if you’re coming to USQ from a land far, far way then of course you will notice
As such you should pay attention to the following tips designed to keep you safe in Australia and at USQ.
This will ensure you have a fair dinkum, you beaut, whale of a time.
(That’s Australian for a great time)
Number One: Use your common sense.
Number Two: When you go to the beach, be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags,
that way the lifesavers will be able to see you.
Number Three: If you see an animal you’ve never seen before, don’t touch it.
Especially snakes, spiders or jellyfish.
Some of these animals are harmless but some are poisonous, so leave the petting for the zoo.
Number Four: They don’t call us a sunburnt country for nothing.
Our sun is harsher than anywhere else in the world, so don’t let it catch you out.
Protect yourself with sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Enough about the weather, our transport is a bit different over here too.
Which brings me to Number Five: Be travel smart.
Whether it be a car, taxi, bike, bus, train or hovercraft.
If you don’t feel safe with the person driving, don’t get in.
And Number Six: Be in control.
If you get behind the wheel, you must have an Australian Divers License and if you’re
in a car, you need to wear a seatbelt and on a bike, you need to wear a helmet.
They could save your life and remember in Australia we drive on the left-hand side of
Which brings me to Number Seven: Australia has strict drug and alcohol laws.
By far the biggest one to remember is not to drink alcohol or take drugs before you
And if you fancy a drink, you must be over 18 years of age.
All drugs are illegal in Australia, so keep it legal.
And when you’re out and about, look out for your mates, which is Number Eight.
It’s the Aussie way.
So when you’re out having fun, make sure you all keep an eye on your drinks to avoid
anyone tampering with them and make sure your friends get home safe.
Number Nine: Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, again it’s a common sense thing.
If you’re at Uni late or anywhere for that matter, then stick to well-lit areas and if
possible walk with friends to your car.
And last but not least, Number Ten: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Our on-campus Security Team is there to help you 24/7, and so are the police, fire brigade
Remember in an emergency call 000, not 911.
000 but only in an emergency.
And if you’re an international student and it’s not a matter of life and death, for
example if you have a leaking tap then you could call our International Student Assistance
Hotline for help too.
And that’s it.
Remember, use your common sense and stay safe.
Speaking of which, jot down these contacts – they could save you.