Australia's stable political system, low crime rate, well-maintained roads and high standard of health care make it a safe and pleasant country to study and explore. However, as at home, you should be aware of your personal safety, surroundings and possessions. Being mindful of these common-sense tips will allow you to safely enjoy your experience here in Australia.
Generally Australia is quite safe, however we advise you practice precautionary measures as you would in your home country.
- Emergency contact number in Australia is Triple Zero (000)
- Students can feel safe with 24/7 on-campus security
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach.
The emergency number for police, fire or ambulance in Australia is Triple Zero (000). This number is free to call from any phone.
Security on campus
Our campuses have 24-hour security services to provide assistance, safety and support. A security telephone is located outside the Security Office on each campus, from which you can contact security if the office is unattended.
Visit Griffith Security to find out more about the security services on your campuses.
Australian hospitals and medical centres provide world-class health facilities and standards of care. As a condition of your student visa, you are required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of your stay.
Before you leave home we recommend you also organise travel insurance that covers you for:
- travel incidents
If you plan on doing any adventure activities like scuba diving, sky diving, bushwalking or travelling in remote areas, make sure your policy fully covers these activities. Remember to bring your insurance policy details and emergency contact numbers with you.
Vaccinations and medications
There are no specific vaccinations or medications required for entry into Australia unless you have come from or visited a Yellow Fever-infected country within six days of your arrival. However, regulations and medical advice may change at short notice, so check with your doctor and the relevant government websites before you leave home.
If you have a medical condition we recommend you bring a letter from your doctor outlining the condition and any medicine you bring with you. Medicine for personal use is subject to controls in Australia and must be declared when you arrive. If you need prescription medicine while you are here, a doctor in Australia must write the prescription.
There are some rules and regulations about bringing medicines and medical devices into Australia. For more information, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.
There is health and medical services on our Gold Coast and Nathan campuses as well as medical centres throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
You can book a health appointment or search for an after-hours doctor through Health Engine.
Find a hospital or other health service through Queensland Health. For urgent medical help, contact Triple Zero (000).
Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world due to our proximity to the equator and our beautiful clear, blue-sky weather. Skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes in the sun so it is important to protect your skin all year round, even when it is cloudy.
Protect yourself against sun damage and skin cancer by using a combination of these five steps.
- Wear sun-protective clothing which covers as much skin as possible and is made out of close-weave materials such as cotton, polyester/cotton and linen.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat that provides good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears, which are common areas for skin cancers.
- Apply a broad-spectrum 30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before going in the sun and reapply every 2 hours.
- Stay in the shade, especially between 10am and 3pm when the sun is the hottest.
- Wear close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses.
Surf and water safety
Our beautiful beaches can pose potential risks to inexperienced beach goers, so it is important to take care when swimming. These risks include:
- the size and strength of our surf
- treacherous rips and gutters
- dangerous marine creatures.
Lifesavers patrol our popular beaches from September to May. Red and yellow flags on these beaches mark the safest areas for swimming.
Download the the Beachsafe app for more information on patrolled beaches.
If you follow these simple rules, everyone can enjoy the beach safely:
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags where lifeguards can see you.
- Look at, understand and obey the safety signs.
- Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for advice before you enter the water.
- Never swim alone—always ask a friend to swim with you.
- Raise your hand, stay calm and call for help if you get into trouble.
If you intend to go scuba diving, check with a dive operator in the local area or contact the Diving Industry Association in the state you are visiting for information on site conditions, safety regulations, licences, permits and diver rating requirements.
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Flags and signage
Always swim between the red and yellow flags
Always swim between the red and yellow flags
Dangerous conditions. Do not enter the water
Swimming is strictly prohibited
Australia is home to some of the most exquisite wildlife from around the world, however some pose potential dangers. Although animal incidents are very rare in Australia, it is best to avoid feeding and playing with native animals and it is important to exercise caution when swimming and bushwalking.
Snakes and spiders
Australia has a variety of venomous snakes and spiders, however bites are extremely uncommon. You can avoid snake and spider bites while hiking and bushwalking by keeping to clearly marked tracks and wearing protective clothing and footwear. To keep wildlife from entering your tent while camping, it is important to keep it closed at all times and be sure to shake out any shoes or belongings that have been left on the ground before wearing them again.
Shark attacks are also very rare in Australia. A series of netting along more of our coastline deters sharks from our beaches. To further reduce your risk, always swim between red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches, never swim alone and do not swim at dawn or dusk.
Other dangerous creatures are marine stingers and crocodiles, which are not found near our campuses. However, you should be aware of the dangers when travelling. Marine stingers are generally found in the tropical waters of North Queensland during November through to April. During this time, you can only swim within stinger-resistant enclosures, which are set up on most popular beaches. You will also need to wear protective clothing when swimming and always observe any warning signs.
More about marine stingers.
Crocodiles live in rivers and coastal estuaries across northern Australia. To stay safe in this region, observe safety signs and don't swim in rivers, estuaries, tidal rivers, deep pools or mangrove shores. We recommend you seek expert advice about crocodiles before camping, fishing or boating.