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Rottnest Island

Leavers for Parents

Rottnest is the preferred Leavers 2014 destination

We understand that whilst Leavers is an exciting time for our young Australians, it can also be a daunting time for parents and guardians, so we've taken the time to answer your questions below.

  • What is Leavers?
  • Should I send my teenager to Leavers?
  • Why should I choose Rottnest Island for my teenager’s Leavers?
  • What if my daughter/son feels threatened or unable to cope?
  • Who are the Red Frogs?
  • Will the Island be open to other visitors?
  • Is Rottnest Island safe?
  • What activities are available for non-swimmers?
  • What is the approach to Alcohol and Drugs?
  • Do we need to worry about “Toolies”?
  • Is Leaver’s on Rottnest Island expensive?
  • What are the key Benefits of Leavers on Rottnest Island?
  • Who are the proud sponsors of Rottnest Leavers?

What is Leavers?

”Leavers” or “Schoolies” week is a graduation festival celebrated by Year 12 school leavers from every corner of Australia. Celebrations usually take place during the weeks following exams, starting in mid-November.

You should confirm the exam finishing dates with the Year 12 co-ordinator at your School or the Department of Education.

Leavers  is a challenging time for school leavers. Often it’s the first time they will be away from home without supervision and this can cause anxiety for some parents.

It is important to celebrate Leavers in a safe and responsible environment.

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Should I send my teenager to Leavers?

“Leavers” is an Australian tradition, a rite of passage, a reward for students who have worked hard and finished their final year exams.

“Leavers” will be one of the most exciting weeks in your teenager’s life.

As parents we want to reward our teenagers for their hard work in completing high school and give them a little well-earned independence.

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Why should I choose Rottnest Island for my teenager’s Leavers?

Rottnest Island is a safe environment for your teenager - Ensuring your teenagers safety at Leavers is priority number one for the RIA.

We have a number of safety measures in place including:

  • Comprehensive security and policing arrangements
  • Official leavers ID wristband
  • Rottnest Island Authority accommodation is only sold to leavers during the designated period
  • “Leavers only” stay zone to prevent “toolies” or older people from taking part in the celebrations

The Rottnest Island Authority works in conjunction with other government agencies, the Police department and various community groups to ensure a safe event.

Once a leaver is on the Island it is very difficult for them to leave without us knowing.  There are only service vehicles on Rottnest Island – your teenager will not be able to drive or hop into a car with another teenage driver.

Rottnest Island has 30 Police Officers, 30 Security Officers and 30 medical/welfare staff on the Island during the 3 day Leaver’s period.  Rottnest Island also has 3 strategically located “Safe Houses” that teenagers can go to if they feel unsafe and the Police station is open 24/7 if they choose to go there.

One Adult is required to take responsibility for the unit and must stay overnight during the designated period – you choose who stays with and is responsible for your teenager.

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What if my daughter/son feels threatened or unable to cope?

Safe Houses are strategically located and easily accessible on the Island. Police and Security are continuously visible on the streets and there is also a police station on the Island.  Over 30 Rottnest Island Authority staff are also available to assist. If your son/daughter does not feel comfortable talking to Police, security or Rottnest Island staff then they should feel comfortable talking to volunteer groups such as the Red Frogs.

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Who are the Red Frogs?

A: The Red Frogs have been operating at Leavers/Schoolies events for over 14 years.   The 1500 or so Red Frog volunteers patrol the streets to support school-leavers through their week-long celebrations and provide a positive presence within their party culture.

The Red Frog Crew on Rottnest Island assist school-leavers by walking them home, cooking pancakes, handing out Allen’s Red Frogs and most importantly - offering emotional support through what can often be a challenging week.

Schools Education Program - Red Frogs speak to 40,000 School Leavers before they get to Leavers/Schoolies.

Visit the Red Frogs website.
Red Frogs Hotline - 1300 557 123

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Will the Island be open to other visitors?

All Rottnest Island Authority accommodation is blocked off for the Leavers period and units are ONLY sold to legitimate leavers.

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Is Rottnest Island safe?

During Leavers there are extra Police, Security and Emergency personnel on the island as well as many volunteers to ensure leaver’s safety.

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What activities are available for non-swimmers?

There are many Island based activities including but not limited to:

  • Headline concert – The Rubens & The Panics
  • Relax and Pamper Zone
  • Beach volleyball & cricket
  • DJ and Disco
  • Land base activities and games
  • Movies
  • Mini golf
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis and more

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What is the approach to Alcohol and Drugs?

A: Do not provide your teenager with alcohol to take to Leavers.  Even if your child is 18, the vast majority of Leavers are under 18 and all Leavers activities are alcohol-free. Leavers is a great time for your children to celebrate completing high school and a lot of agencies and volunteers work very hard to ensure Leavers have a fun, safe experience without the need for alcohol consumption.

Under the new Liquor Control Act juveniles are unable to possess alcohol in a public place. Opened or unopened alcohol will be confiscated by WA Police and juveniles fined $200.   A police presence on the main jetty as well as sniffer dogs will assist in removal of drugs and alcohol. 

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Do we need to worry about “Toolies”?

The risk is relatively low due to the high police and security presence, who are on the lookout for “Toolies” and will take appropriate action to remove them from the Island if required. 

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Is Leaver’s on Rottnest Island expensive?

A: With prices ranging from $329 – 529 per student (including the cost of the entertainment wristband).  Rottnest Island represents great value for money. 

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What are the key Benefits of Leavers on Rottnest Island?

  • There are only service vehicles on Rottnest – your teenager will not be able to drive or hop into a car with another teenage driver
  • Rottnest Island Leavers is a supervised event
  • There is of Activities to keep them busy
  • Healthy environment sun, sea, fresh air
  • Security
  • Support
  • Nursing Post
  • One Adult/Responsible person per unit – you choose who stays
  • Only other school leavers
  • Limited risk of older age “predators”

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Rottnest Leavers is proudly supported by:

  • Government of WA
  • WA Police
  • WA Health
  • WA AIDS Council
  • St John Ambulance Association
  • Royal Life Saving
  • AEP Security
  • Red Frogs
  • Hope Community Services  

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