Personal safety

Australia is a very safe place to live and study. However, there are still things that you can do to increase your safety and decrease the chance of an incident occurring.

On campus

  • Save the number for Swinburne Security 03 9214 3333 in your phone.
  • Download the Safe@Swin app on your phone (details below).
  • If you need assistance on campus, call Security.
  • When leaving the campus late, get a Security escort or use the Night Bus service. The Night Bus service departs from outside the GS Building on Hawthorn campus and operates at 30-minute intervals between 7pm and 10pm during semester periods (excluding public holidays).
  • When walking around campus at night, walk with friends and take paths that are well-lit and frequently used.
  • If driving, park in university carparks as close to your destination as possible.

In public

  • Keep your belongings close to you and within your view.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, i.e. don’t look at your phone for extended periods.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight of others, e.g. keep your phone zipped up in bag.
  • Always bring your phone or a phone card with you.
  • Leave valuables at home if you don’t need them, e.g. passport, iPad etc.
  • Do not engage with strangers.
  • Take note of the safety features around you, i.e. CCTV, Police Officers and Security staff.
  • If using headphones, keep volume low.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

Using public transport

  • Check timetables before your journey to avoid long waits.
  • If travelling alone, let someone know your travel schedule.
  • Sit nearest to the driver on trams and buses, and nearest to the emergency button on trains.
  • Avoid isolated stops.
  • Approach a Protective Services Officer (PSO) for safety advice or in an emergency.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, get up and move away.

Going out at night

  • Pre-plan your trip to your destination and home, e.g. book an Uber or taxi in advance, or check the public transport timetable.
  • Do not hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

Be an active bystander

If you feel it is safe to do so, you should step in as an active bystander when you see somebody being bullied, harassed or harmed.

Help without intervening in the situation

  • Get help from somebody with authority, e.g. Police or Security.
  • Call for help (security services: 03 9214 3333 or emergency services: 000).
  • Afterwards, listen and support the person being bullied or harassed.
  • Encourage them to seek help and report the behaviour.
  • Do not engage in violence.

Directly intervene in the situation

Assess the situation carefully to decide whether it is safe to intervene.

  • Ask the person who is being bullied or harassed if they are okay and whether they need help.
  • Interrupt the behaviour by telling the threatening person to stop in an assertive tone.
  • Bring other people’s attention to the situation and consider intervening as a group.