Staying safe in Melbourne
Safety on campus
- Have a personal safety plan. Plan ahead and think about how you’re going to manage your safety on campus, when driving, in your home, on the street etc.
- If you feel unsafe for any reason, speak to a staff member straight away.
- In an emergency call RMIT Security on 992 53333 from any phone on campus.
- If you have an injury or accident, fill out an incident report (from RMIT Connect) and hand it in to your school office.
- Report maintenance issues to RMIT Connect
- Do not perform activities (such as operating machinery) that you have not been trained for.
Public transport safety
There are a number of ways to travel in and around Melbourne using public transport such as trains, trams and buses. To ensure a more safe and secure commute to and from your destinations:
- Be prepared and top-up your myki for credit.
- Use Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) journey planner to check timetables and any connecting trains, trams and/or buses.
- Wait in areas that are well lit and well monitored by trained staff, Police, and Police Protective Services Officers (PSOs).
- Sit near the driver or other people when in a train or tram carriage, not by yourself.
For more information about public transport safety, visit the PTV website.
Before going on any trip while in Australia it is important to consider how to ensure your personal safety:
- Inform housemates, friends or relatives of your travel plans before you leave.
- Provide a plan to someone detailing the start and end date of your travel, and major locations you might stop at on the way. In the case of emergencies, or if you don’t arrive back on time, this person can take these details to the appropriate authorities to help you.
- Research weather conditions and local flora and fauna so you know how to dress.
In Australia, the high level of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes people more vulnerable to sunburn, skin cancer and heat stroke than in many other countries.
Visit Sunsmart for tips and information on sun safety.
During the Australian summer, swimming and water sports are extremely popular. Be aware of the safety issues at pools, rivers lakes and beaches.
Water Safety Victoria has plenty of information about safety in Australia including all the water safety signage to keep you safe around beaches, lakes, rivers and pools.
Staying safe on Australia beaches is as simple as F-L-A-G-S
- F- Find the flags. Red and yellow flags mark the safest place to swim between.
- L- Look at safety signs. Potential dangers and daily beach conditions are identified by them.
- A- Ask a surf lifesaver for advice on current surf conditions.
- G- Get a friend to swim with you- so you can monitor each other.
- S- Stick your hand up for help. If you get in trouble, stay calm, float with the water current and raise your hand so that a surf lifesaver can see you.
Trained lifesavers patrol many Victorian beaches; visit Lifesaving Victoria for information.
Bites and stings
Australia has many species of poisonous wildlife and a bite or sting can cause rashes, nausea and, in extreme cases, death. Take the time to find out about poisonous species in Melbourne and in any other areas of Australia that you visit.
If you are bitten or stung, the type of treatment you need depends on the animal or insect. Try to identify it before you seek medical help, and assess whether you need to. Always see a doctor or visit a hospital emergency department.
24-hour general health advice
000 is the telephone number that should be called in an emergency situation requiring Ambulance, Fire or Police assistance. This telephone number should only be called in life threatening or emergency situations, and is not for general medical assistance.
When the operator answers, the following information should be provided:
- type of emergency service needed (Police, Ambulance or Fire)
- your location (State, Suburb, Street and nearest Cross Street)
- your house number and location
- any other information requested of you.