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Staying Safe in Sydney

Staying Safe in Sydney

Emergency and Support


Police, Fire, Ambulance (24 hours)

Call 000 for emergency fire, police, and ambulance assistance throughout Australia or if a crime is in progress.

Phone number for non-emergency police
131 444

After Hours Support Line

Western Sydney University has an After Hours Student Assistance Line specifically for international students. This service provides students with assistance in the evenings and on weekends.

If you need any help after hours or have any problem at all, please call 1800 735 807. This is a free call from landlines anywhere in Australia. Standard call rates apply from mobile phones.

Please save this number in your phone - 1800 735 807. If you would like an International Student Assistance Line card, please collect one from the Western Sydney University International Office on your campus.

Western Sydney University Campus Safety and Security

For on-campus security emergencies, call the Western Sydney University Emergency and Security Hotline on 1300 737 003.

  • Western Sydney University Campus Safety and Security patrol all Western Sydney University campuses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    If you see any suspicious behaviour or activity, or at any time you feel threatened or concerned for your safety, contact Western Sydney University Campus Safety and Security immediately on 1300 737 003.
  • Please note that you can also request that a Western Sydney University security officer to escort you between your classroom and your vehicle or on-campus residence - please contact 1300 737 003.
  • Shuttle buses are also available on Bankstown, Parramatta, Penrith and Campbelltown campuses. See Shuttle Bus Schedule for more details.


Personal Safety

Here are some hints and tips on how to stay safe

Australia is a safe and friendly country to study and travel. However, the same general cautions apply in Australian cities as in the rest of the world.

  • Always take care when walking at night
    - be aware of your surroundings
    - try and walk with other people rather than by yourself
    - walk along well-lit streets and main roads
    - avoid long conversations on your mobile phone
  • Do not carry large amounts of money
  • When travelling conceal all valuables including your wallet, purse, handbag, shopping, phone and laptop. Keep your bag in front of you
  • When using Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), be alert for strangers around you and put your cash away quickly
  • When travelling by rail at night, sit close to the guard's compartment indicated with a blue light on the train. Don't become isolated - try and sit close to other passengers
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return

City of Sydney Safety

How to be responsible in enhancing community health and safety.

Staying healthy

Stay healthy and safe, and explore options for private health cover.

Beach safety

Enjoy Australia's famous beaches while staying safe.

Transport safety

How to stay safe on different modes of transport.

We're here to help

Call +61 2 9852 5499 or contact an International Education Agent in your country.

"I love studying Law at WSU because of the practical approach they have to teaching."

— Avantika Prameshwar. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws.