Student safety guide for Indian students in Australia
Stay safe. Follow these safety tips while staying in Australia
Given the quality of life and five of its major cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide making it to the most liveable places in the world*, Australia attracts many students from all over the world for pursuing their higher education. Its multicultural environment is friendly and safe for the students coming from outside the country. Having said that, it is important to take some precautions to remain on the safer side.
Your university security service can help
Almost all campuses in Australia have a special body to ensure the safety of their international students. So, as the first step, check if your school offers one and keep the security officer’s number saved in your phone.
Various universities and schools also offer services like shuttles and security escorts to drop you to your accommodation or stations after hours. Some go a step further and have their own mobile apps with a direct line for students to get in touch with the security.
If, at any point of time, you feel unsafe in and around your campus or accommodation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your college authorities.
What to do in case of an emergency?
If you happen to face any emergency, call the toll free number 000. This is a common number that can be used for fire, police or ambulance.
Some other emergency contact numbers you should have saved are:
- SES assistance in floods and storms: 132 500
- Police attendance: 131 444 (all states except Victoria)
- International incident emergency helpline: 1300 555 135 (within Australia)
- Outside Australia– external site: +61 2 6261 3305
Stay alert when outdoors
- You must always be aware and vigilant about your surroundings. Trust your instincts and move away from areas where you feel uncomfortable and are not familiar with
- Avoid travelling alone especially during the night. Pre-book a taxi or have a friend drop you
- Do not carry your passport when you go out exploring. If you do not have a permanent place to live, contact your university’s international support team to get you campus storage facilities
- Carry sufficient emergency cash. Prefer using cards and online banking for transactions
Navigate safe through the city
The public transportation system in Australia is particularly well-developed and convenient to use, especially in the urban and metro areas. But it’s always better to be alert:
- Never board an isolated bus or train or metro
- Familiarise yourself with transport time tables especially if you travel at night. Stick to well-lit routes
- Board a carriage closest to the driver or the guard to avoid untoward incidents
- If you are in a carriage with only one other person and it makes you uncomfortable, move on to the next compartment
- Australian laws differ from India. So, learn them beforehand to avoid breaking them unintentionally
Keep your money and documents safe
As an international student, you must keep all your documents safe with you at all times. Your passport, identification, visa papers, and immigration forms should always be kept in safe place. If you prefer to use cash, keep it in various places instead of a single location. It is always a better option to use a card rather than cash.
Do not carry your passport when you go out exploring. If you do not have a permanent place to live, contact your university’s international support team to get you campus storage facilities.
Have fun, but with care
Exploring new venues and enjoying your new surroundings can be exciting but before taking a trip to these areas, research and look up any information you can find on that place to see whether it is safe for you to go venturing. Inform your friends and family about your plans beforehand. You can also share your live location with someone you trust.
Always stay connected
Always keep your friends and family updated on your whereabouts at all times. Here’s how you can always remain connected:
- Always keep your phone charged and on ringing when not in a classroom
- Whether you're going to another town or to the nearest shopping mall, keep someone informed
- If you feel unsafe at any given time, share your live location with someone you trust
Your IDP counsellors will brief you about all the precautionary measures before you leave India during your pre-departure session so that you are well prepared for the new challenges ahead.