Safety Tips - Choose Brisbane



International Students meeting with Brisbane's Police Officers

As with anywhere you travel, you should take steps to keep yourself safe. If you experience an emergency, Queensland Emergency Services can be contacted on 000, where the police, fire department or an ambulance can be sent to help.

If you have a smart phone, emergency services have launched a new app to help residents call the right number for help in emergency and non-emergency situations. Find out more and download the app here.


The police in Brisbane are friendly and helpful, and have a duty to protect everyone. They are committed to promoting crime prevention and upholding Australian law. They are always there to help and can be safely approached if you need assistance with difficult situations.

To find your nearest police station, visit the Queensland Police website.

The Queensland Police Service also holds personal safety presentations, which are free to all members of the community. For more information about booking a free personal safety presentation, visit the Queensland Police website.

Fire Safety

In Queensland, it is required that all homes and units are fitted with smoke alarms to alert you of smoke on the property. If your property doesn’t have smoke detectors, talk to your landlord or real estate agent about having them installed. Don’t overload any powerboards or electrical outlets, as wiring and electrical devices can overheat from too much use. If a small fire does occur, use a fire extinguisher to put it out; otherwise quickly leave the premises and call the fire department on 000.

It is important students know their rights. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has information on safety standards for budget accommodation and share housing.

Beach Safety

Brisbane is close to some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. While you should enjoy your day in the surf, ensure you take care when swimming as beaches have powerful currents and tides. Lifeguards patrol some beaches, and areas that are safe to swim in are marked by red and yellow flags. Always swim between these flags. For more beach safety tips, visit the Surf Life Saving Queensland website.

Safety Tips

The following are some tips for keeping yourself safe:

  • Enter in an In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact number and store it on your phone.
  • Where available, use pedestrian walkways and cross the street at pedestrian crossings or lights.
  • Find out the location of the security office at your school or campus.
  • Make use of campus security escorts and bus services where available.
  • Always tell someone when you are going out, where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Take care travelling at night on your own.
  • Never leave personal belongings unattended.
  • Always carry either a fully charged mobile phone, change for a pay phone or a phone card.
  • Consider downloading safety apps, like Find My Friends or Glympse, onto your mobile.
  • It is always wise to take note of any security guidelines provided by your place of study.
  • Avoid giving your personal information to strangers.
  • Lock your doors and windows before going out.

For more assistance, contact the International Student Hotline.

This initiative provided by the Australian Government is a hotline for students to raise concerns. Call 1300 363 079 or visit and submit any queries you have about studying in Australia.

Student Organisations

For more tips and information on staying safe in Brisbane, download the Staying safe in Brisbane brochure,/p>

Staying safe in Brisbane during the day

Staying safe in Brisbane at night