Safety and Security

Keeping safe and secure means looking after your personal safety and the safety of others around you, and looking after your belongings.

Even when you feel safe and comfortable in your environment, you should always be aware of what’s happening around you and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

For example, you should keep your personal items such as your wallet close to you, be careful when meeting new people and avoid walking by yourself at night, especially in dark and deserted areas.

Trains, bus stations and train stations often have security guards on patrol. Many institutions also employ security staff to on campus and may escort students to their cars late at night if necessary.

Police regularly patrol the city centre and other busy areas. If you feel unsafe or need help, you can always approach a police officer for assistance.

How to report a crime
  1. If something happens to you and you’re not in any immediate danger, you can go to the nearest police station or call the police on 131 444. You should do this if:
    • Something of yours, such as your wallet, has been stolen
    • You’ve been involved in an incident and you’d like to report it
    • You’ve witnessed a crime and you’d like to report it
  2. If you need help urgently for a life threatening incident, you should call 000. For example:
    • You or someone else has been in a serious accident
    • Your or someone else’s life is under threat
    • A serious crime is happening or has happened
    • There is a fire or a bomb threat

You can call 000 at any time of the day or night. You should be aware that it’s against the law to misuse this number or make prank calls.

More information on safety and security

For more information about safety and security visit the Western Australian Police website:

or download this WA Police information on Personal Security Awareness.

For more information about Think Before You Travel, an international student safety initiative, visit their website at

Following Australian laws

Everyone in Australia, including residents, visitors and students, must follow local and national laws. They might be different to those in your home country, so here are some important laws to remember:

  1. You must be over 18 years of age to purchase alcohol or cigarettes.
  2. Smoking in many public places, including shopping centres, restaurants and on public transport is prohibited.
  3. You cannot buy, sell, possess or use illicit drugs, including marijuana, amphetamines and opiates.
  4. You cannot carry weapons, including knives and guns, and you cannot threaten people.
  5. You must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorbike or scooter.
  6. If you drive a car in Australia, you must have a valid driver’s licence and be aware of all the rules that need to be followed.
  7. Acts of violence against other people, property or animals is a criminal offence.
  8. It’s illegal to offer or receive a bribe for services, including those provided by a government official.
  9. You cannot work more than 20 hours per week if you’re an international student on a student visa.
  10. It’s illegal to discriminate against any person because of their gender, race, country of origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs, marital status, disability or sexual preference.


For more information on Living in Western Australia

Visit the Perth Education City website.