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Where can I get my official Schoolies wristband? Can I purchase an official Schoolies wristband? We've pulled together the answer to these, and more of our most commonly asked questions below.

Q1. Where can I get my official Schoolies wristband?

For Schoolies on the Gold Coast, you can get your official Schoolies wristband from the Wristband Distribution Centre located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cypress Avenue.

It will be open:

  • 11am to 8pm - Saturday 16 November 2019
  • 6pm to 8pm - Sunday 17 November to Friday 22 November 2019.

Q2. What do I need to get an official Schoolies wristband on the Gold Coast?

You must be a genuine 2019 Year 12 school leaver and must be able to present your valid 2019 Australian Year 12 photo ID. Your ID must have your photo on it.

If it doesn’t contain a photo, you will also need to bring your drivers licence or passport with you as well.

If your Year 12 photo ID doesn’t not include your year level, you will need to also bring along a letter from your school (on official School letterhead) stating that you are a current Year 12 school leaver.

No valid school ID = No Schoolies wristband/ID = No access

Q3. I don’t have a Year 12 photo ID. Can I still get an official Schoolies wristband?

Yes – but you will need to bring your drivers license or passport with you as well as a letter from your school (on official letterhead) confirming that you are a genuine Year 12 school leaver in 2019.  Make sure you bring both the letter and your photographic ID with you to the Wristband Distribution Centre.

Q4. Can I purchase a schoolies wristband?

No – if you are attending Schoolies on the Gold Coast, official Schoolies wristbands are free for genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers.

Yes – if you are attending Schoolies in Airlie Beach, you will need to register to get a Schoolies ID. To register you must show valid Year 12 photo ID, proving that you are a current Year 12 school leaver in 2019. You can either pre-register with Whitsunday Schoolies prior to Schoolies or register when you arrive at Schoolies Central.

Q5. I dropped out of school earlier this year but I am still coming to Schoolies. Can I get an official Schoolies wristband?

Yes, you can get an official Schoolies wristband but you need to be able to prove that you would have graduated Year 12 in 2019, and you must still be participating in other Australian education pathways e.g. TAFE or a registered apprentice.

You will need to provide a letter signed by your Australian Registered Training Organisation (on company letterhead) stating that you are registered as an apprentice or attending TAFE, and confirming that your last day of school would be equivalent to a current Year 12 school leaver. This letter must be brought with you to the Wristband Distribution Centre along with your current photo ID.

Q6. What does my official Schoolies wristband entitle me to on the Gold Coast?

An official Schoolies wristband entitles you to access the Schoolies Hub nightly between 7pm and midnight from Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November, 2019. The Schoolies Hub is a fenced, alcohol and drug-free zone on the beach in Surfers Paradise providing nightly entertainment of DJ’s and a Chill Out Night on Tuesday 19 November. The Schoolie Hub can only be accessed by genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers wearing official Schoolies wristbands.

Q7. Can I book my Schoolies accommodation through this website?

No – we are the Safer Schoolies team and we do not promote Schoolies. We work in partnership with local councils and community groups to provide diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives to help young people stay safe during Schoolies celebrations and to minimise potential impacts of these gatherings on the local community. Head to our About Us page for more information on how we can support you during Schoolies.

For all enquiries about Schoolies accommodation – contact your local accommodation provider or booking agent.

Q8. What activities are available for schoolies staying on the Gold Coast after 22 November 2019?

The Gold Coast Schoolies Community Safety Response is co-ordinated during the peak Schoolies period (16 – 22 November, 2019). If you are visiting the Gold Coast after the 22 November, 2018, please refer any enquiries to your booking agent.

Q9. I’m staying at our family apartment in Surfers, can I access the beach party?

If you are staying on the Gold Coast during 16-22 November, 2019, you will be able to access the Schoolies Hub if you have an official Schoolies wristband (please refer above for conditions of obtaining a wristband). If you are staying on the Gold Coast after the 22 November, 2018, you will need to direct all enquiries to your booking agent or beach party providers.

During Schoolies, there are other parties and events being held but these are separate to the Schoolies Response and run by commercial providers. You will need to contact them for further information about ticket sales

Q10. I am home-schooled and don’t have a current Year 12 school ID. How can I get a wristband?

If you are home-schooled, you must provide a letter either from your state’s Department of Education and Training (on Government letterhead) or from your Home-schooling network that states you are a current Year 12 school leaver. This letter must be accompanied by an official photographic ID (e.g. drivers licence or passport).

Q11. How do I get in contact with you for more information?

You can email us at schoolies1@csyw.qld.gov.au or complete our Contact us form.

Alternatively, you can call the Schoolies Hotline on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If it is an emergency, don’t risk it – always call 000.

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