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Safety in Australia

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We understand moving to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming, but when something goes wrong it can be hard to know where to turn for good advice and resources. Being prepared and knowing the facts can help protect you from potentially dangerous or risky situations. There are many good websites and resources available and we have listed some below to get you started.

Personal Safety

Australia is generally a safe country, however it is always a good idea to take precautions to ensure your own personal safety - particularly when travelling around at night time.

  • Download a personal safety app on your phone. These type of apps can notify police or close friends if you are in danger.
    • This website lists apps suitable for students, as well as apps specific to some Australian Universities.  
    • Otherwise log on to Google Play or the App Store to find an app that suits you.

  • When travelling by bus, train, taxis or ferries, Find out more about how to travel safely or what to do if you feel unwell or need emergency assistance.
Personal Safety

Safe Sex

It may be an uncomfortable topic for some, but the reality is that unsafe sex may put you or your partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STI) or unplanned pregnancy. Each state in Australia has family planning and sexual health clinics that offer a range of services including contraception information, procedures and STI testing.

NSW: Sexual Health Clinic


Victoria: Better Health Channel

Tas: Department of Health and Human Services

WA: Healthy WA

QLD: Queensland Government

SA: SA Health

ACT: ACT Government

NB. 16 years is the legal age of consent for sex in all Australian states and territories, except for South Australia and Tasmania where it is 17 years. Find out more.

Drugs & Alcohol

In Australia, drinking alcohol under the age of 18 or using an illegal drug at any age is an offence, and if you are caught you may have to pay fines or face jail time. The drugs which are illegal in Australia may be different to your home country. You can read more about this here. Police often conduct random roadside tests for drivers with alcohol or drugs in their system. If you plan to drive a vehicle, it is in your best interest to avoid any alcohol or illegal drugs.

Drugs and Alcohol

Understanding the risks and consequences of illegal drugs or unsafe alcohol use can help you make informed decisions.

  • How much alcohol is safe and legal to drink? Find out here.
  • The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has a confidential phone and SMS service should you need support or information.


What to do when you need us

Call us. Anytime. Any day. Any language. If you require assistance, please call the 24/7 medical, interpreter and personal assistance helpline^:

Visitors/Workers: 1300 174 537

Students: 1300 174 538

^ CBHS International Health may refer you to third party providers when you use the medical, interpreter and personal assistance helpline. If you decide to engage a provider, it will be on the basis that CBHS International Health will not be responsible, and you will not hold CBHS International Health responsible, for any liability that may arise from that engagement.