Many NSW school leavers are now participating in schoolies celebrations - some within the state, others interstate or overseas. For many, it may be a first taste of independence and adult responsibility. Some may need to deal with issues that they haven’t previously had experience of and these may have legal consequences. Having a great time can quickly be diminished if you end up with a legal problem, or worse, if there’s a risk to your health and safety!
Here are some tips on where to go for help and information…
Drug and alcohol information
The Drug Info @ Your Library website has information on alcohol and other drugs, including an A-Z of drugs which covers descriptions, common side effects and legal issues. There’s a list of schoolies information resources that cover celebrating safely, including a link to the Queensland Government’s schoolies website. National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre has a Schoolies toolbox that covers info on cannabis relevant to schoolies.
There are a range of legal problems that young people can face during schoolies celebrations. Here are some examples:
- illegal supply of alcohol
- drug related offences
- violent behaviour
- public disorder offences
- sexual assaults
- property damage
- accommodation rental contracts
For NSW laws, you can find information on the Find Legal Answers website.
If you are going to Queensland, check the Queensland Government Schoolies website - some laws may be different, for example, 17 year-olds are treated as adults in the Queensland criminal justice system.
If you are travelling overseas, you need to be aware of the laws in the country you are visiting - they are likely to be different to NSW laws. The Commonwealth Government Smart Traveller website has a section for schoolies. It has loads of helpful advice on staying safe, and has information on issues you may not know can be a problem.