Health and safety on campus

Staying safe and well on campus is an important matter. Use these tips and resources to protect you from unsafe situations.

Take care of yourself

It’s important to look after your mental health as well as your physical health. We’ve got great resources for student wellbeing you can access here.

Your safety is our priority

Campus security

You can stay safe as long as you are careful, and stay in a public place where there are other people around. It is important for you to enjoy your time on the campus, but read the tips written here to protect you from unsafe situations.

For all security enquiries, information and advice, contact campus security on the following numbers:

  • Emergency: 9479 2222
  • Advice and information: 9479 2012
  • Free call external: 1800 800 613

A list of all La Trobe University emergency contacts are available online, including contact details for security at La Trobe University Sydney Campus. You can also refer to the documents below.

Providing limited people with access to university rooms and your accommodation is important for keeping out strangers and unwanted visitors.

Security can escort you to and from your car or campus accommodation at night time, or to our free shuttle bus. See Uni-Safe for details.

Free transport around campus on the Glider Bus is available. Visit Transport Central for all details.

Your personal safety

Protect yourself and your property using these tips

  • Take responsibility for your own actions and make smart choices.
  • Never carry your Personal Identification Number with your credit cards. Never tell anyone, including a bank representative what your PIN is.
  • Avoid lonely or unlit places, especially at night; walk with a friend or stay in a group of people.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully; look confident. Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars asking for directions.
  • Move away from any threatening behaviour where possible.
  • Contact a staff member immediately if you observe anything suspicious occurring in or around the campus.
  • If you feel concerned at night, on the campus, request an escort by phoning campus security.
  • Never leave your wallet, bag or purse or other items of property unattended.
  • Only carry enough money for your immediate needs.
  • Report all thefts to Security.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

Health services & cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is mandatory for international students

All international students must obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their student visa. For students who will be undertaking a packaged course, there cannot be a gap in the OSHC coverage. Your OSHC fee can be found on your offer letter and is paid with the first tuition payment.

Medical centres

If you become ill, there are medical facilities on and around campus that you can make use of.

The La Trobe University Medical Centre is a short walk from the heart of the campus and provides medical services to students, staff, and the wider community.

The clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM - 1 PM. You can book an appointment online here.

There is also the La Trobe Psychology Clinic, which offers a range of services for those looking to make changes in their life and improve their wellbeing.

No smoking on campus

La Trobe University has been a smoke-free environment since 31st May 2014, in support of our commitment to creating a safe, healthy and beautiful environment. All staff, students and visitors are prohibited from smoking on all University campuses, including outdoor areas.

Designated smoking areas have been provided as part of a transition arrangement. Any staff, student or visitor smoking outside of the designated smoking areas may be fined from 24th July 2017.

This smoke-free policy is a real opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our community members and the environments we work, study and live in every day.

For those staff and students who would like to get help quitting we recommend you visit QuitVic for information and resources.

In case of emergency

Emergency procedures, incidents and injuries

If there is an immediate risk to the health and safety of persons, La Trobe College Australia emergency response procedures must be followed.

All incidents and injuries that occur at La Trobe College Australia should be reported as soon as possible to a staff member, to the front office or by ringing 03 9479 2417.

Emergency procedures are located in each building, with maps showing the locations of exits and emergency assembly areas. The emergency number to call Police, Ambulance or the Fire Brigade in Australia is 000.

First aid registers

A network of staff has been trained in first aid and a list is posted in each building.

Building and floor warden registers

The building and floor warden system is intended to provide for orderly control and evacuation from all buildings in an emergency. Each building in which staff and students are located has a building warden, a deputy building warden and floor wardens (usually two per floor or zone) who will coordinate an evacuation when the alarm is sounded. Maps of evacuation assembly areas are located in all building foyer areas.

Think before you…

Watch this international student safety video for some tips on staying safe while you are travelling alone and on public transport.