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Transport and Personal Safety

Public Transport Safety

  • Australia offers reliable public transportation, especially in metropolitan areas, with security measures like guards, help stations, lighting, and cameras.

  • Avoid isolated stations, check bus schedules to avoid long waits, especially at night, and prefer train cars near the driver for safety.

  • Consider moving carriages if alone or with few people for comfort.


Road Safety for International Students

  • Drive on the left side, always wear seat belts, and adhere to strict alcohol limits (0.05) for drivers.

  • Using mobile phones while driving is illegal, attracting heavy fines.

  • Bicyclists must wear helmets, and when exiting cars, do so from the kerbside, watching for cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Night riders should use bike lanes, comply with traffic laws, and ensure their bikes are well-lit.


Taxi Tips

  • Choose your seat in the cab; verify the destination address before boarding.

  • Communicate your preferred route to the driver and speak up if diverted.

  • If privacy is a concern, get dropped off near your address.


Safety Tips for Going Out

  • Plan your return journey in advance, especially at night. Travel with friends or in a group, keep belongings secure, and avoid rides from strangers.

  • Carry minimal cash and know the location of ATMs.

  • In emergencies, dial 000 - calls are free.


Campus Safety

  • Familiarize yourself with your institution's security and emergency procedures.

  • Utilize security escort or bus shuttle services provided by many institutions after hours.

  • Choose well-lit, busy paths and parking spots close to your destination when on campus.

  • Internet Safety for International Students

  • Be vigilant against spam, phishing, online bullying, and identity theft.

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