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Staying Safe at Schoolies


Schoolies should be a time to relax and celebrate finishing school with your friends and be an event you have fond memories off. However, a fun time can turn bitter quickly. Drug Overdoes, Fights, Theft, Robberies, Assaults, Being Arrested, Alcohol Poisoning, dehydration, physical and mental injuries and illnesses consequences from unsafe behaviours.

Our list of 20 tips to keep you safe at Schoolies this year are:

  1. Don’t Leave Drinks Unattended
  2. Don’t accept open drinks from someone you don’t know
  3. Stay in a Group
  4. Look out for your friends
  5. Don’t swim at night
  6. Avoid the Balcony at night and when you have been drinking
  7. Always lock your Hotel Door whether you are in the room or not
  8. If you are sharing a room, make sure you know whom has the key or if there is a 24-hour concierge leave the key with them
  9. Always keep your Schoolies Lanyard on you
  10. Keep your belonging with you and don’t relay on others to look after your stuff
  11. Make sure your friends get home safe and everyone is accounted for
  12. Keep your phone fully charged and ensure you have credit
  13. Phones go flat so have a plan such as a met-up place and time, if you are separated from your group and uncontactable
  14. Ensure you know the address of your hotel so you can get home safety
  15. Keep in contact with your Parents throughout the week and let them know whom you are with and where you are going
  16. Obey and respect the House Rules for your hotel and accommodation and ensure you don’t get kicked out
  17. Have emergency phone numbers with you such as Red frogs, Schoolies Hotline, 000 and Your Hotel
  18. Look after your health and wellbeing. Stay Dehydrated, ensure you eat and get sufficient rest
  19. If you suspect you or a friend is having a bad reaction to drugs or have drunken too much, seek medical attention immediately
  20. Remember its ok to say no, if you are not comfortable or think something is not right don’t do it and don’t give in to peer pressure.

Choosing Security for your next event


When Planning an Event you will be sure to have many questions relating to choosing Security, some of these questions may be:


This really does depend on a number of factors such as if Alcohol will be present, the type of event, the location, the demographics, the size and how many people will be present.

For a basic event budgeting for 1 guard for every 100 people would be a starting point.

If you are operating a licensed venue that will trade after 1am within the Brisbane City Council area, you must comply with the 2002 Liquor Regulation Act. The security to patron ratios are:

Number of Patrons of Crowd ControllersNumber
1 to 1001
101 to 2002
201 to 3003
301 to 4004
401 to 5005
Additional over 500 (every additional 250)1


Its essential that you choose a Respected Security Company whom are licenced (Master Licence) and insured. They should supply professional Guards whom are also licenced (individual licence) and possess a current First Aid Certificate.

By choosing a local company they will have experience with the unique and diverse concerns and issues for that area. Not to mention being familiar with local services (i.e. Police, Fire Brigade, Hospitals, Doctors, etc.)

Look for a Company that has experience in the area that you require the service for or alternatively choose a diverse company with well rounded experience in a variety of different areas. These companies will have experience and be able to handle a wide range of different scenarios that may occur


Yes there certainly are many different types of Security and what services you require will greatly depend on the type of event you are hosting and who or what you require protecting.

The main types of security services are:

Crowd control – The best option for outdoor events, festivals, concerts, parties, rave parties. Crowd Controllers are able to effectively monitor, manage and direct the crowd, whilst being capable to remediate any unruly behaviour that may occur.

Unarmed Guards – Unarmed Guards provide a range of functions such as securing Buildings, Attending to disturbances, patrolling the property, using monitoring equipment, providing loss prevention services, removing trespassers, maintaining peace and reminding guest and patrons of policies and procedures.  

Gatekeepers – This is another option for concerts and outdoor events. Gatekeepers are positioned near entrances and exits, as well as stages and barricades. They again manage, control and direct traffic whilst dealing with any issues that may occur throughout the event.

Bodyguards – The most suitable option for specialised, personal protection if you are looking to protect 1 or 2 people.

Mobile patrol unit – Where an event takes place across multiple sites or a larger area, Mobile patrols are great. Security are able to quickly and efficiently move between establishments or locations whilst attending to the security needs of the event.

Armed guards – No generally a requirement for events however may be considered for the safe transportation of large suns of money. The Security Company will undertake a formal risk assessment and consider the most appropriate means of transporting takings to the bank or other place.

Ushers -Assist Patrons by collecting tickets and directing people to their seats. As well as searching for lost times and providing direction to amenities’.

Ray Turner

Principal – Ray Turner Consultants

Retail Loss Prevention


Retail Loss Prevention is simply defined as a set of practices employed by Retailers to preserve profit through eradicating or at least minimising “shrinkage” by theft, fraud, wastage, vandalism, abuse, other deliberate acts of misconduct or in advert error by staff members through poorly executed business practices or failure to follow procedures and policies.

The bulk of losses within The Retail sector are a result of deliberate but preventable criminal acts.

Depending on the specifics of your Business, The particulars of encountered losses, current loss prevention measures presently employed, allocated budget and other factors there are a number of effective measures that can be employed, including but not limited to:

Technology – CCTV, RFID/Electronic Tags, Point of Sale Equipment, Doorbells, etc.

People – Uniformed Security Guards, Covert Plain Clothed Security Personnel, Cash Escorts, Increased Staff Presence, Staff Positioning, etc.  

Physical – Store Layout, Position of Checkouts, Shorten Displays, Mirrors, Security Display Hooks, Display Cabinets, Install a Safe, etc.

Systems and Administration – Establishing Responsibilities and accountability, Developing Procedures and Policies, Signage, Inventory Management Tools, Staff Training, Staff Vetting, etc.

Ray Turner

Director – Ray Turner Services