Staying Safe


Your health and wellbeing can be affected by a range of possible risks at school, work, home or when you're out and about. Safety is not just about extreme situations. It also involves lots of everyday scenarios such as exercising safely, avoiding food poisoning, using machinery and driving.

Safety is about taking responsibility for yourself and for others.

Just be aware of the issues and anything that could make you seem vulnerable. You can make choices to help protect yourself and minimise some of the risks.

There are many websites you can visit and phone numbers you can call if you feel unsure about your safety in a situation.

This page has information about:

> Who to call in an emergency
> Safety at parties
> Road safety
> Safety at work
> Water safety
> Dealing with threats and assaults
> Farm safety
> Links to helpful organisations

In An Emergency, Call 000

In any emergency the first thing you should do is call 000. 000 is a free call from anywhere in Australia, including mobiles.  If your mobile phone is out of range from your normal network then you can dial 112.

When you call:

  • Your call is connected to the Emergency Call Service (ECS)
  • ECS will answer, "Emergency - police fire or ambulance?" (If you're on a mobile you'll be asked for the city and state you're in)
  • Respond with the service/location you require

Your call will then be connected to the relevant emergency service.

In some types of emergencies, people panic and worry about other issues like getting into trouble with parents or the police. For instance, if someone has overdosed on alcohol or drugs, or you are somewhere where you aren't meant to be.

Remember - ambulance officers do NOT call the police unless someone dies or people feel threatened.

If someone needs medical attention you need to focus on that and make sure you get help. Things will only be worse if someone ends up with serious or permanent injuries, or dies.

The Better Health Channel lists who to contact (new window) for help in different kinds of emergencies.

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Party safe

A fun time can turn sour pretty quickly if something bad happens. Fights, drug problems, people being too drunk or a visit from the police can shut a party down pretty quickly.

If you're organising a party or event it helps to take a few precautions to ensure that you and your guests all have a good time and that you won't regret it in the morning.

Your responsibilities

As the host of the party it is your responsibility to ensure that the party is a fun and safe environment for your guests. If something goes wrong, you will be the one who has to face the most consequences, so it is in your best interest - and the interest of your guests and your community - to take steps to avoid any problems.

Party problems

Some of the typical problems that could go on at your party are:

  • Alcohol problems - especially if you're under 18
  • Drugs
  • Gatecrashers and unwanted guests
  • Violence
  • Noise levels
  • Upsetting your neighbours

Party fixes

You can register your party with the Victoria Police's Partysafe Program (new window) so they will have all the information they need about your party should anything go wrong and they are called to attend to any issues or incidents.

Check out our Safe Partying page for more information and advice about how you can organise and host your party so that it'll be a fun, safe time for everyone involved.

Of course, not all parties are house parties - for more tips on staying safe and keeping nice when you're out, check out our Binge Drinking page.

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Safety on the road

Everyone knows that road safety is important, but it's never too late to get a refresher on how to stay safe when travelling.

For drivers, the Traffic Accident Commision (TAC)'s website (new window) has some great safe driving tips, and for those of you who prefer to cycle, check out the Cyclist safety pages (new window) on the VicRoads website.

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Safety at work

Everyone has the right to feel safe - and to be safe - at work. To find out about your rights as an employee and what to do about unsafe workplaces, check out our Safety in the Workplace page.

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Water safety

Swimming is a great Australian pastime, whether it's the beach, the pool or the local creek or dam. Life Saving Victoria (new window) has some good advice on beach safety around water, including how to read the surf when you're at the beach.

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Threats or assaults

Threats, assaults and violence not only take place when you're out and about, they can happen when you're at home or in other familiar places. It is never acceptable - not from strangers and not from people you know or care about.

Love: the good, the bad and the ugly (new window) is an on-line guide for women and girls on love, respect and abuse in relationships.

If you're feeling unsafe in a home or personal situation, see Reach Out! (new window) for some steps you can take to assess a dangerous situation and get out of it.

Or, if you want someone to chat to straight away about anything, phone Lifeline on 131 114 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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Farm safety

Farm-related workplace accidents are preventable if proper safety procedures are used by all workers and family members at all times. Everyone working, visiting or living on a farm needs to understand the risks.

For information on staying safe on the farm, check out the Better Health Channel's Farm Safety page (new window).

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Better Health Channel - Safety
Provides articles on all sorts of safety issues - use the site search tool to find out more about safety and health issues.

WorkSafe Victoria
Information about the basics of workplace safety and issues for workers in different industries.

Love: the good, the bad and the ugly
An on-line guide for girls on love, respect and abuse in relationship.

Reach Out! - Safety & Violence
A series of up-front articles on safety and violence including abusive relationships, assessing your safety, domestic violence, safe chat over the net and sexual assault.

Ambulance Victoria
Find out about metropolitan, rural and air ambulance services in Victoria, and ambulance membership schemes.

Victoria Police - Partysafe
Provides information to help minimise the risk of things going wrong at your party.

Reachout! - Tips for drinking responsibly
Provides tips for safe partying and covers drink spiking, drug overdoses and what to do in an emergency situation if someone passes out or overdoses on drugs or alcohol.

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