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 Safety

Student: I love lkiving in Perth, it is very developd and totally safe.

Read translated advice for staying safe in Perth.

Overview

Perth is generally a safe city but you should always take safety precautions particularly when out and​ about at night.

Here are some simple steps and practical information to help make your stay a safe and enjoyable one.

  • Police assistance is available 24 hours a day in Australia. You can always approach police officers in the street or walk into any police station. Australian Police are considered safe and reliable.

    If you need to contact the Police regarding any international student issues then please contact Mr Ibrahim Latheef, who can direct you to the most appropriate area within the Western Australian Police to deal with your concern.

    Ibrahim Latheef
    Strategic Advisor
    WA Police - Community Engagement Division
    ​Level 3, 2 Adelaide Terrace, EAST PERTH
    (M) 0423824205 ​​
  • For life threatening emergencies (police, fire and ambulance) call 000 and request an interpreter if you need one. 000 is a free call.  Dial 112 from mobile phones. If the situation is not urgent and you would like to contact the police call 131 444.
  • If you are walking, cycling or taking public transport, keep to well-lit areas.
  • In Australia, the driver sits on the right side of the car, and cars drive on the left side of the road. Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times. Read the Safe Driving Guide to help you stay safe on Western Australian roads.
  • Take care when crossing roads, look left, right and left again for cars, trams, cyclists and other pedestrians.
  • Always buy a ticket when travelling on public transport, such as trains, trams and buses.  If you are unsure, ask one of the station attendants or drivers.
  • When travelling on public transport at night, sit in the carriage closest to the driver or with other passengers. Download the How Are You Travelling? safety tips 
  • Keep your wallet, bag, mobile phone and other personal belongings secure at all times.
  • When you withdraw money at an ATM, put your money in your bag before walking away.
  • If you're approached by a person asking for money, it is your choice to donate money or to say no and walk away.
  • The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years and over. Drinking alcohol in public places is not allowed.
  • The legal smoking age in Australia is 18 years and over.  Smoking is not allowed in most public places.
  • Sexual health advice videos can be seen on the Healthy WA website.
Download the How Are You Travelling? night travel safety guide

Beach Safety

Beach flags (red and yellow flags)

Red and yellow patrol flags on a beach mark the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Swim between the red and yellow flags, and at a beach patrolled by lifesavers. Never swim at un-patrolled beaches.

Rips

Australia has many wonderful and famous surf beaches but these can be extremely dangerous. A rip is a strong current running out to sea. Most rescues performed at beaches are because a swimmer has been caught in a rip. They usually happen when a channel forms between the shore and a sandbar, and large waves have built up water which then returns to sea, causing a drag effect.

If you get caught in a rip, don’t panic – stay calm and raise your arm to signal for help.

Sun smart​

Be Sun Smart, use 30+ sunscreen, wear a long-sleeve shirt and broad brimmed hat to prevent cancer-causing sunburn. The sun in Australia can be harsher than in other countries meaning you can get sunburnt more quickly.

Bush and Outback Safety

Western Australia has many unique and beautiful places to explore. If you are travelling into the interior of the state, try to remember the following advice:

  • Travel with other people.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are at all times - some places may not have mobile phone coverage.
  • Stay on a road or walking track.
  • Take plenty of water.
  • Be sun smart.

Useful links

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only and that TIWA is not liable for any incident that should occur during the student's stay in Western Australia.

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