Police praise well behaved Schoolies as celebrations come to an end

Gold Coast police have already put next year’s Schoolies group on notice, saying the bar has been set high.

The week-long celebrations have now concluded in Surfers Paradise, as the dusty graduates now make their way home.

Emergency services have been working together with volunteer groups and other organisations throughout the week to make sure everyone stayed safe.


On the final night of celebrations, paramedics report that 56 patients were assessed within the Emergency Treatment Centre.

Six of those then had to be taken to the hospital for further assessment. There was also one person transported directly from the event precinct.

Gold Coast police say it’s been a great week from their perspective, saying this cohort has been the best-behaved group on record.

There were just 28 Schoolies arrests throughout the week, while 88 Toolies were also arrested.

Gold Coast’s Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman has already warned the next group coming through in a year’s time.

“The message for next year is very much for our school leavers heading into year 12 in 2022, the bar has been set very high.

“12 months will come around very quickly, so you have to start thinking about what this means for you, and the behaviour standards that are expected not only by us but also our Gold Coast community here.

Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman has also praised all the groups involved in the Safer Schoolies response, as we as some brand new police officers that came down from Townville to help out.

“We don’t do these operations from a policing perspective in isolation – it’s very much a collaborative element and operation from a number of different community and government groups here on the Gold Coast.

“So I also acknowledge not only our own planning team but also we’ve had 44 brand new recruits that came down from Townsville.

“Their very first shift as a police officer was here on the Gold Coast, completing schoolies operations.

“Those officers did an outstanding job,” Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman said.