Excelsia College is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our staff, students, volunteers, visitors, and others at our campus. Our campus and facilities are safe places to visit, study, and work. However, please remember to take responsibility for your own actions and don’t put yourself or others at risk. Familiarise yourself with the College’s security and safety policies found in the Student Handbook. Please follow any relevant safety signs and directions.
- • Consider personal safety when travelling alone, at night and on public transport.
- • When walking around the College watch out for traffic and don’t be distracted by your mobile phone or other electronic device.
- • Ensure cars are locked and valuables removed.
- • Report incidents, hazards and other safety concerns to relevant staff.
- • If you become unwell while at the College use good cough etiquette, wash your hands frequently and seek medical attention.
- • If you have a medical condition that could impact on your health or safety while at the College, please disclose this to relevant staff members.
- • Take responsibility for your own actions and don’t put yourself or others at risk of injury or illness.
Safety around Sydney and Australia
When you arrive in Sydney, you will find it different to your home country or town so there will be a period of adjustment as you get used to your new environment. Australia is a safe country by world standards, and Sydney is considered a safe city. As you settle in, it’s a good idea to be more careful that usual until you understand the customs in this new environment.
One of the best ways to stay safe in a new country or city is to make friends with local people and ask their advice about what they think is safe. Orientation is a great time to meet others and make some friends at the College, so talk to your fellow students and learn from them. Staff at the College can also help with advice.
Personal safety – Take care – Be aware
Plan your movements
- Walk with a friend or stay with a crowd and keep in well-lit areas. Walk purposely and confidently.
- Be wary of strangers on foot or in cars who ask for directions.
- Call loudly if in danger. Carrying a personal alarm is a good idea.
- Trust your intuition. It could protect you from danger.
- Walking around the College watch out for traffic and don’t be distracted by your mobile phone, iPod, or other electronic device.
- Buses & trains: wait in open well-lit populated areas. Avoid isolated closed-in shelters and avoid waiting alone by knowing your timetable. On the train, avoid empty carriages and sit near other people on the aisle.
- Taxis: phone for a taxi instead of hailing, record the taxi number, ask a friend to wait with you until the taxi arrives. Sitting in the back is a good idea.
- Bicycles: it is the law that all cyclists wear helmets in Australia. If commuting at night, ensure that you use a bike light and wear bright clothes. Ensure your bike is locked when you leave it.
- Cars: you must have a driver’s licence to drive in Australia. Your home country licence is ok if in English or you may also drive on an International Driving Permit. Once it expires, you will need to apply for a NSW driver’s licence to continue driving. When driving, you must carry your licence with you and show it to Police if they ask to see it. You must wear a seatbelt at all times. You should not drive if you have been under the influence of illicit substances. Ensure cars are locked and valuables removed.
Be aware of your surroundings
- Report suspicious behaviour, incidents, hazards and other safety concerns to relevant staff.
- Program College Security’s phone number (61 02 9819 8815) into your mobile phone.
- Remember, most mobile phones will call 000 even when no credit is on the sim card.