Personal safety and security

Your personal safety

The University has a number of initiatives in place to protect your safety.  We ask you to take the time to review this page including the emergency guidelines on the  website, giving you preparation for events which may impact on your safety.

While the University has prepared and put mitigating measures in place, we cannot guarantee that we can prepare for, and prevent, every likely event.

Unwelcome social and criminal behaviour is not acceptable and will, where appropriate, be reported to police.

If you have concerns about your safety, or indeed the safety of others, please help us by reporting those incidents and concerns to the Security and Safety Operations Centre, which is operational 24/7, 365 days, on 9479 2012, or 1800 800 613.  For Emergencies please call 9479 2222.

The following tips are not meant to alarm, rather to give you the edge on safety.

Take responsibility for your own actions and make smart choices.

  • Never carry your Personal Identification Number with your credit cards. Never tell anyone, including a bank representative what your PIN is.
  • Avoid lonely or gloomy places, especially at night - walk with a friend or stay in a crowd.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Confidence deters attackers. Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars asking for directions - it is better to be rude than be in trouble.
  • If someone follows you, change direction and go to a place where there are other people.
  • Respect your intuition. Don't allow rationality to override your 'sixth sense' - it could protect you.
  • Ensure your car is parked close to your building and in an area well lit once night falls.
  • If you feel concerned walking to your car at night, request an escort to your vehicle on 9479 2012

Your property

  • Never leave your wallet, bag, laptop, purse or other items of personal property unsecured and unattended, even for one minute.
  • Only carry sufficient cash for your immediate needs.
  • Clearly marking your property leaves no doubt to ownership, especially the text books that you need for study.
  • Do not put your bag or purse on the the floor when in a public toilet cubicle.
  • Report all thefts to Security on 9479 2012.
  • Fit an engine immobiliser or a car alarm to protect your vehicle from theft
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, or if you do, place them out of sight
  • Always carry your bag or purse close to you where it cannot be easily snatched.
  • When studying or socialising in a public place, wrap the strap of your bag around your leg so that it is not easily taken in haste.