Personal safety tips for young people

You are entitled to feel safe at all times. Here are some personal safety tips to help keep you safe when you’re out and about or at home.

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Personal safety when you’re out and about

Night security services on public transport

There are a variety of security and safety measures in place to make sure you are safe each time you travel on public transport at night. Find out more.

TransLink’s late night public transport services can help you get home after a Friday or Saturday night out. Find out more on the TransLink website.

Secure taxi ranks

Secure taxi ranks operate in some popular nightlife precincts throughout Queensland on Friday and Saturday nights, and for some special events. Find location details on the TransLink website.

Drug and alcohol safety

Drinking responsibly can minimise your risk of alcohol-related injury. Read these tips to help you stay in control and safe when you drink, and to find out what is legal and illegal when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug addiction problem, treatment services are available to assist recovery.

Dealing with confrontation

There’s no ‘right way’ to respond to a confrontation or attack, but in an emergency always phone Triple Zero (000).

Visit the Queensland Police website to read about possible responses if someone confronts you.

Consider taking a self-defence class in your local community to improve your ability to defend yourself if required. Ensure the instructor delivers empowering messages rather than just making you scared, check their qualifications if possible, ask your friends for recommendations and, before you sign up for a course, consider if it will deliver what you need.


Find information about different types of bullying, what to do if you are being bullied, and where to get help.

Road safety

Road safety continues to be one of Australia’s most serious public health issues. It affects everyone, whether you drive, cycle or walk. Read some tips to help you stay safe on the roads.

Recreational safety

Find out how to stay safe when you go camping, to the beach, swimming, hiking or boating, and when you engage in other outdoor activities.

Safety when travelling

Smartraveller is the Australian Government’s travel advisory and consular information service. Stay safe on your next overseas trip with these Smartraveller tips.

Personal safety when you’re at home

Violence at home

If you’re a child or young person living in a house where there is domestic violence, find out how you can help keep yourself safe.

Visit the Queensland Government’s information portal about domestic and family violence to find out more information about what domestic and family violence (commonly called ‘domestic violence’ or ‘DV’) is, how to support a friend or family member who may be experiencing violence from a family member or partner, and where to get help or talk to someone.

Find out how to report abuse, including domestic and family violence, child abuse and neglect, or sexual violence.

Online safety

Find information about how to protect yourself online, how to report cyberbullying or illegal online activity, and where to get help if someone’s online behaviour is upsetting you.

Home security

House break-ins are crimes of opportunity and, in most cases, entry is gained through an open or unlocked door or window. Visit the Queensland Police website for information on making your home more secure.

You can also visit the Neighbourhood Watch website to find out what’s going on to help keep your local community safe.

Read more tips on personal safety at home and in your car.

Home safety

Read about how you can generally improve your safety at home, including information about:

Party safely

Everyone enjoys going to or hosting a party. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of potential problems on the night. Visit the Queensland Police website for some great ideas to help make your party safe, lawful and enjoyable for everyone concerned.

Their Party Safe initiative also encourages you to register your party online 2 weeks beforehand so the police can supply you with Party Safe wristbands and other helpful information in time for your party.

How to report an offence to the police

Find out how to report:

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