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Collaborative education program recognised for keeping Schoolies safe

Media release

23 November 2016

The Queensland Government’s Schoolies Education Program today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
The Schoolies Education Program prepares thousands of young people to safely navigate risks that may arise during the Schoolies holiday period.

“Winning an award acknowledges the importance of educating today’s youth on safe and responsible behaviour during Schoolies, and through life in general as they move into adulthood,” said Independent Chair of the Gold Coast Schoolies Advisory Group, Mark Reaburn.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects.

“The Schoolies Education Program has been recognised by the ACVPA Board as an innovative safety program seeking to minimise harm and community disruption during schoolies week in Queensland by promoting safety and responsible behaviour,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

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