Each year, hundreds of dedicated and caring volunteers give up their time to help make Schoolies as safe as possible. Safer Schoolies volunteers work closely with a number of community organisations as well as local and state government agencies, to deliver vital safety and support services to school leavers celebrating on the Gold Coast.
Safer Schoolies volunteers patrol in groups and provide a first point of contact for schoolies and the local community in need. They fulfil a range of roles including supporting and assisting emergency service personnel and being a friendly face schoolies can trust with the right advice or support when needed.
To volunteer at Schoolies you must:
Volunteers often find the experience enormously rewarding and a great opportunity to make new friends.
The Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is a multi-agency response to the Schoolies holiday period, delivered in partnership between the Queensland Government (led by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) and the City of Gold Coast.
The Safer Schoolies Response is implemented to manage the influx of tens of thousands, of predominately underage and unsupervised, young people who choose to book their end-of-year holidays on the Gold Coast. The government does not promote Schoolies, but realises there is a need to support both Year 12 school leavers and the local community by helping to make the Schoolies period as safe as possible.
The Safer Schoolies Response sees government working in partnership with community groups to provide diversionary activities, a range of integrated and coordinated health and support services, and a suite of safety and security initiatives that aim to help keep young people safe and minimise potential impacts on local residents.