Resources for researchers, teachers, young people and parents
Schoolies week, or 'schoolies' (leavers week in WA) is now a ritual for many year 12 school leavers across the country in November and December. Crowds of teenagers congregate in a number of key locations around the country, but smaller scale celebrations are also common.
When large groups of young people get together, there can be an atmosphere of , spontaneity and reckless behaviour. The relief from end of year pressures, combined with the presence of alcohol, drugs, peer pressure and the predatory behaviour of others, can make teenagers vulnerable as both victims and offenders. In many areas, government bodies host controlled venues to protect the safety and welfare of celebrating teenagers. The AIC has prepared a fact sheet outlining some basic planning and preparation suggestions.
This page is a resource for teachers, parents, teenagers and researchers. It brings together useful practical guides and relevant research on young people and crime, and the logistics and possible issues associated with schoolies week.
The Australian Institute of Criminology maintains a comprehensive set of resource materials related to young people on this website. The following resources are also particularly relevant to schoolies week.
Practical guides and resources
Queensland schoolies home page
Queensland Government: range of information and links
Leavers - WA's schoolies website
WA Government: range of information and resources
End of year celebration kit
NSW Department of Education: resources covering driving, illicit drugs, alcohol, drink spiking and legal aid
Victorian Government: extensive site on Youth Central
National schoolies week website
A non-government site, by schoolies for schoolies
Alcohol: celebration and supply
A guide for parents
Schoolies down south
A safety guide to activities in Lorne and Torquay in Victoria.
Article on safe partying
Schoolies week on th Gold Coast
DrugARM WA at Rottnest and Dunsborough
Site by Encounter Youth Inc. Information for schoolies in South Australia.
Emergency contact telephone numbers
These pages list a wide range of telephone numbers for health, welfare, safety and consumer services
The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's leading national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. We seek to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice. The AIC publishes research findings in the fields of juvenile justice, youth drug issues, swarming, child exploitation, sex crimes and research that covers many youth-related issues.
In March 2011, The AIC and the Victorian Safe Communities Network will host a conference to examine young people's involvement in alcohol, drugs and violence. Click here for more information on Young people, risk and resilience—the challenges of alcohol, drugs and violence.
AIC web topic: Young people and crime
An extensive collection of information and research relating to young people, crime and the law
Alcohol, young persons and violence
Research paper: Links between alcohol consumption and violence in young Australians
Binge drinking and related risk factors amongst out of school 16 year-olds in NSW
PhD thesis: Julia Tresidder, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney September 2003
Community collaboration in creating safer events
Implementing safer school leavers' celebrations
Swarming and the social dynamics of group violence
Paper: Broad overview of group formations, identifying commonalities and associated violence
Other relevant research and organisations
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
A portal to statistical information and demographics of young people in Australia
Fake ID program
Evaluation of South Australia's identity fraud prevention program
Peer pressure and young people
Australian Government Health Insite
The Foundation for Young Australians
An independent national grant-making organisation