Tips for Leavers

Click here to download a copy of 'Tips for Leavers'.

Look after yourself. Look after your mates.

  • Stay with friends at all times. Don’t walk around by yourself.
  • Have a safe place to go or call the WA Police Force if you feel your safety is threatened.
  • Organise a designated meeting place in case you get separated from your group.
  • If fights break out, walk away. Don’t get involved.
  • Keep useful contacts, your mobile phone or a phone card with you at all times.
  • Create an ‘In Case of Emergency’ or ‘I.C.E.’ number in your mobile phone. This is the best person to contact in case of an emergency.
  • If you’re celebrating on Rottnest or in Busselton and Dunsborough, wear your Leavers wristband so that Police and support services can help.
  • If you experience any problems, contact the WA Police or volunteers from any of the support services. They’re around to help make your celebrations as safe as possible.
  • Download the free Leavers WA App for mobile phones

Carry Photo ID.

  • To purchase a Leavers wristband you will need to show photo ID and provide proof you’re a 2018 school leaver, so make sure you bring both with you.
  • Examples of photo ID:
    • Transperth SmartRider
    • Drivers licence
    • A copy of your passport
    • Current school ID card
    • Proof of age card

Wear the Leavers wristbands.

  • Wristbands will be available during Leavers week in Dunsborough and on Rottnest Island only. There are no pre-sales or online sales. 
  • 2018 secondary school leavers can purchase a Leavers Wristband to access a range of activities, discounts and services in the Busselton – Dunsborough area and on Rottnest Island.
  • The wristbands also assist Police to identify school leavers and keep ‘toolies’ away from celebrations to make your celebrations safer and more enjoyable.
  • Available for purchase during the official Leavers period: For more information check out the Leavers WA Facebook page.

Respect the town and community you’re visiting.

  • Most communities have spent 12 months and many hours planning to make your Leavers a good one. Respect their community and property.

  • To avoid eviction, keep noise to a minimum. Your neighbours may be working or going to school during Leavers. They won’t hassle you if you don’t hassle them.

  • Respect and care for the local flora and fauna in the towns you visit.

  • Whether the rules come from your accommodation manager, the WA Police Force or local rangers, make sure you know them.

Know the rules of your accommodation manager.

  • One of the easiest ways to be evicted or have your Leavers end early is to upset your neighbours or accommodation manager

  • Whether the rules come from your accommodation manager, the WA Police Force or local rangers, make sure you know them.

Keep your valuables safe.

  • If you bring valuable items to Leavers, keep them on you at all times or store them in a safe and secure place.
  • Check if your accommodation provider has lockers for your valuable items.
  • Hide your valuables in your vehicle. Don’t leave them where they can be seen. If you must carry them then hide them away in the boot or the glove box, but not when you arrive as thieves maybe watching you.

Stay safe when travelling.

  • Before you go, plan how you will get there, and how you will get home.
  • Tell people where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  • Don’t accept rides with people you don’t know.
  • A driver is legally responsible for all passengers in his or her vehicle and to ensure that seat belts are worn by all passengers.
  • Driving and alcohol don’t mix. If you are going out for the evening and intend to drink, leave your car at home or nominate a non-drinker to drive.
  • Don’t accept rides with anyone you know may have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
  • If you’re on your P plates, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) must be 0.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired or feel stressed. Take regular breaks while driving and be aware of the symptoms of fatigue (sore or tired eyes, discomfort, boredom or highway hypnosis).
  • Don’t become distracted by your passengers or what is happening around you. Watch the road ahead and be aware of potential hazards.
  • Leave plenty of time for emergencies (punctures, accidents etc). The faster you drive, the less time you have to react to hazards.
  • Under the new ‘Anti-hoon’ legislation, people who endanger innocent lives through reckless behaviour can now have their vehicles impounded. Find out more from the Office of Road Safety.
  • You are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if you are using a mobile phone as it erodes your concentration levels. Using a hand-held mobile whilst driving could land you with a $400 fine and the loss of 3 demerit points.
  • It is illegal to ride in the load space of any utility and flat tray trucks or panel vans.

RAC Leavers Pit Stop.

As scores of teenagers descend on Dunsborough and surrounding towns, we want to make sure we're looking out for our novice drivers as many of you may not have driven such a long distance before. RAC have put a free pit-stop in place for Leavers to enjoy:

 *   Free mechanical checks from our RAC Patrols to help make your is in working order
 *   Free giveaways, snacks and soft drink to refuel you for your drive
 *   Our chill out area before you and you friends head home

When: 10am – 4pm, Friday 23 November

Where: John Tognela Rest Area (Corner of Forrest Hwy and Lake Clifton Road), 36km south of Mandurah.

View map here. 

Know the law.

  • There are many laws that may affect you during Leavers – make sure your Leavers is memorable, not regrettable.
  • Alcohol: It is illegal for Juveniles to possess alcohol in a public place (fine: $200)
  • Click here to download a copy of 'Leavers and the Law'.

Know where to go for help.

  • WA Police Force and the Leavers support services are there to help you celebrate safely. You can contact them if you need help.
  • For Police assistance, ring 131 444. Save 000 for life threatening emergencies.