Safety and Security in Australia
Australia is a relatively safe country in terms of international standards, but it is recommended to follow some security guidelines to prevent unexpected situations. Make good use of common sense: ask your local friends and school teachers which neighborhoods you shouldn’t go, always walk in safe areas, don’t take shortcuts, and keep your belongings next to you while at crowded places. If you feel unsafe for any reason, call the police from any phone: the number is 000.
■ Emergency services
The emergency number in Australia is 000. When you call it, an operator will ask “Police, Fire, Ambulance?” and will connect you as soon as you reply.
Every student in Australia must obtain the Overseas Student Health Cover, which provides medical and hospital insurance. Ask the school you are enrolling if they support you getting this insurance or if they can refer any supplier where you can get it from. This insurance covers for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).
■ Political situation
Australia is very stable country in political aspects. The country is both a federal constitutional parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
■ Short trip
Australia has many nature beauties and international students are highly recommended to enjoy the country’s adventurous travel opportunities. Bushwalking is a great opportunity to meet some snakes and other dangerous animals you only find there. Of course, you don’t like them, there’s the opportunity to meet cute koalas and kangaroos.
While in the coast, enjoy the parties to get to know more people and have fun, and go to the beach!
■ Mobile phone networks
You can bring your own cellphone to Australia and change the SIM Card to an Australian one. There are 3 major cellphone companies in Australia: Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.