International students in Perth enjoy a safe and secure study environment. However, as with anywhere you travel, you should always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions, especially when going out at night.

There are a range of organisations and government departments who are bound by Federal and Local laws to protect you whilst you’re in Australia. There are additional non-government organisations and community groups who work to offer you safety and protection should you need it.

As an international student in Australia, you will be subject to all state and federal laws, and it’s a good idea to browse through some of the common laws that will affect you, for example the legal age for buying/consuming cigarettes and alcohol is 18 years of age. Remember – if you break the law (depending on the offence) your student visa could be cancelled and you may be deported!

Some of the organisations in Perth that can look out for your safety:

The Western Australian Police are approachable and will always offer assistance, even if you just need directions to the train station. For police assistance in non-emergency situations you should call 131 444.

Tertiary institutions have 24-hour security guards on patrol, emergency telephones and swipe-card access into buildings. The security guards will escort you to your on-campus residence or car if you are studying late in the library.

Tertiary institutions also have active women’s groups and sometimes a women’s common room. All education institutions have effective procedures in dealing with sexual harassment.

Before you arrive in Australia, you should organise to have appropriate insurance cover. Make sure you have enough cover for yourself and your possessions, for the entire duration of your stay as well as ensuring your policy covers you if you intend to work in Australia.

If you intend to buy a car, ask your insurance company for a no claims letter before you leave home. Car insurance can be expensive in Australia, particularly for young people. Most no claims bonuses are transferable to Australian insurance companies.

Most Perth beaches are patrolled by professional lifesavers and lifeguards throughout Summer, between October and April. Swimming at Perth beaches is generally safe, however it is important to consider the following:

  • Read warning signs to make sure you understand the surf and tidal conditions
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags, these mark the safest areas for swimming
  • If you are not a strong swimmer or you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifesaver for advice and consider swimming with a friend
  • If you do find yourself caught in a strong current or a rip, do not try and swim against it, stay calm and raise your hand in the air for help. Lifeguards who patrol beaches will see you and help you

For more information on Perth Lifesaving services visit here.

When in Australia, if you require Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations you can dial ‘000’. Calls to ‘000’ are free and can be made from mobile, home and work telephones and payphones.

When to call 000:

  • If someone is seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help
  • If your life or property is being threatened
  • If you have witnessed a serious accident or crime


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