Safety tips for International Students in Australia
Although studying abroad is an exciting new experience for many students who leave their home country but safety is still a major concern. As Australia is one of the students ' most important destinations, students need to make sure they are safe.
Mentioned below are some very important safety tips here to help you avoid any dangerous situations. These tips will be helpful during your studies in Australia.
In case of emergencies
Immediately dial 000 (zero zero zero), if there is any kind of emergency while you live in Australia. The call is free. You can use this number to call ambulance, fire, and police and the operator will direct you to the most suitable service. If you're not sure which one you need, just tell the operator what you're asking for and they'll direct you. If you're not speaking English, say your language to the operator and you'll be linked to a translator who can help. It is critical that you dial this number only in the case of a real emergency. Alternatively, if you have an enquiry or a minor concern, just call or visit your local police station.
Safety at your university
You spend a lot of time at your university so learning about the security and security services it provides is relevant.
- When you feel unsafe, or witness an accident, do not hesitate to make a phone call or alert the security office through an app.
- Some large institutions provide out of office hours security escort services or bus shuttle services. Get in touch with the organization directly to see if this is a program that they are providing.
- Try to walk with a friend or squad when you leave your institution at night, and take paths that are well-lit and preferably regularly used by others
Australia has a lot of places worth visiting, but one should always be concerned about safety and aware of the hazards.
- Proper planning a trip with a friend or group is always a safe step.
- Keep your phone, money, bags and belongings near your body, or where you can always see them.
- If you have recently arrived and have no permanent place to live yet, speak to the international student support staff at your institution about safe on campus storage facilities.
- Once you start exploring for some expert advice as well as some excellent sightseeing ideas, it's a good idea to talk to a park ranger, surf life saver or a staff member at a visitor information center.
- Don’t carry a large amount of money and valuable items unless it’s necessary.
One should always be careful when using public transportation in Australia because it is one of the most commonly used and effective in urban areas. Several security measures have been put in place to improve the safety of public transportation users including security officers and guards, support points, good lighting and security cameras.
- Check transport timetables, especially at night, to avoid long waiting times.
- Train carriages closest to the driver or guard are lit up at night and are safest.
- Moving to another carriage would be secure, if you find yourself left in a train carriage on your own or with just another person.
Home is regarded as the safest place to live in. So, safety at home matters a lot. Locking the doors and windows is necessary when you are not present at home. Don’t provide crucial information to the strangers and don’t just let them in. Smoke alarms will warn you to smoke on the property so don't disable or tamper with the batteries. It is the rule in Australia to have smoke alarms installed if you stay in a rental property, hostel or hotel. If you don't have them in your house, speak to your owner or real estate agent.
Australian drive on the road's left hand side. The use of mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited in all Australian states and territories with severe fines and penalties for offenders. For students studying in Australia, using of bicycle and e-scooter is mostly popular. Using a bicycle lane and bicycle helmet is compulsory. Avoid drinking alcohol if you are driving. Wearing seat belt in vehicle is a rule in Australia. Roads in Australia are usually well maintained and have good lighting and signs within town and metropolitan centers.
Australian laws are enforced solely by police officers and may vary between states and territories, so take the time to study and understand some Australian laws to avoid getting into trouble.
Australia is generally a very secure and friendly country to stay and study and is regularly ranked among the world's safest nations. But caring for yourself and be mindful of the threats that exist-and ways to mitigate them-is always necessary. One should be very careful when you arrive first and are transitioning to your new way of life.