The Queensland program is based in 2 locations, the Gatton Campus and the St. Lucia campus. This assessment will address safety generally and then specifically for the two components.
• Australia is a regarded as a safe country. It has a low incidence of violent crime and a strict no-gun policy helps maintain this enviable status. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/44e7066a7d173a95ca256bdc0012241f?OpenDocument) states: “Crime statistics suitable for international comparison are not widely available. However, as the definition of homicide is similar in most countries, comparisons of homicide rates help to reveal some of the differences in levels of crime among countries. Australia's rate (1.9 per 100,000 persons) was slightly higher than the European Union average (1.7 per 100,000 persons) and similar to that recorded in Canada (1.9) and New Zealand (2.0).” In contrast, USA was 6.3 per 100,000 persons.
• The director W.E. Morgan Morrow is an Australian citizen and grew up in Brisbane the State capital.
• Australian has the reputation as having one of the world’s safest food supply.
• Prior to departure all the students will be educated in safety procedures specific to our activities and location.
• In the event of an emergency and we are not all together, students will be directed to return to the hotel where we will be staying.
• The director, W.E. Morgan Morrow will accompany all students on the flight to Australia to help ensure their safety and security. The director, W.E. Morgan Morrow will carry a mobile phone at all times. In the event of an emergency and the director, W.E. Morgan Morrow is not available, Klaus Grosseholz, Study Abroad office, University of Queensland has agreed to assist. +61 7 3365 6721, FAX +61 7 3365 7099, e-mail email@example.com
• Brisbane has a virtual consulate: http://brisbane.usvpp.gov/Brisbane/
• Canberra is the nations capital and the location of the US embassy: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/contact-emb.html
• Embassy of the United States Canberra. American Embassy, Moonah Place, Yarralumla ACT 2600. Web: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/ Switchboard (+61-2) 6214-5600.
• A licensed bus driver from a reputable company will collect us from Brisbane airport.
• We will stay at only safe, well-managed hotels while on the field trips.
• Dr. Morrow will accompany the students on the field trip.
• On all field trips all the students will stay together.
• In the event of an emergency which would necessitate the evacuation of students from the country, we will have a bus and profession driver who could drive us to Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns or any other city with an international airport.
• Whilst in Gatton students will be staying in student accommodation, Gatton College Halls of Residence
• All guests are housed in single study rooms with shared bathroom facilities. We have approx 20 rooms per corridor with a bathroom block consisting of 3 toilets and 3 showers. Each student is issued with a room key.
• All exits are clearly signed in the Halls for both emergency and normal exiting of the Halls. The Halls are equipped with a modern fire system with evacuation plans displayed throughout the Halls.
• The University of Queensland security personnel patrol the premises, with several security emergency call points located on campus.
• All student rooms have a phone which students can use by putting credit on the phone. These phones can be used to call anywhere in the world.
• There is a bus departure & drop off point on campus approx 10 minutes walk from the Halls. Buses can be arranged to be caught to Brisbane and other areas.
• The Halls of Residence consist of four separate Halls, with each Hall consisting of three separate blocks/buildings.
• If emergency housing was needed due to fire or any other disaster within any one of the blocks, guests would be re-located to another block during the evacuation period.
• Although The Halls is unable to provide transportation to medical facilities, we would certainly assist the guest by ordering the appropriate transport.
• University Security buses can transport students to the University Medical Clinic if required. Ambulance transport will be arranged for further transport to hospital if required.
• The Gatton Hospital (approx 10 km away) is the nearest hospital and has an emergency ward.
• The Halls administration office has all emergency numbers i.e., doctors, hospitals etc. When the office is closed we display an 'after hours' details on a notice board located outside each Halls common room. This board also has general information regarding public transport, timetabling, maps of the campus, afterhours contacts etc.
St. Lucia Campus:
• Whilst in Brisbane students will be staying in student accommodation, Women’s College.
• All guests are housed in single study rooms with shared bathroom facilities. We have approx 15-17 rooms per corridor with a bathroom block consisting of 3 toilets and 3 showers. We always have females and males staying in separate corridors. Each student is issued with a room key which provides access to their room and a security key which allows them access into the college 24 hours per day. Without a security key you are unable to gain entry into college. All exits are clearly signed in college for both emergency and normal exiting of college.
• The College is equipped with a modern fire system with evacuation plans displayed throughout college and in student rooms.
• All student rooms have a phone which student can use by putting credit on the phone. These phones can be used to call anywhere in the world. A public phone is located in our main foyer and free taxi phones are available for guests wishing to call taxis.
• There is a main bus terminal on campus approx 10 minutes walk from college. Buses can be caught here to the city and other areas.
• If emergency housing was needed due to fire or any other disaster Women's College would first of all re-locate guests to another college during the vacation period. College doesn't generally provide transportation to the nearest medical facilities or hospitals. We would certainly assist the guest by ordering the appropriate transport.
• University Security busses can transport students to the University Medical Clinic if required. Ambulance transport will be arranged for further transport to Hospital if required. The Wesley Hospital (approx 3 km away) is the nearest large hospital with an emergency ward
• The colleges administration has all emergency numbers ie doctors, hospitals etc. When the office is closed we display a 'after hours' details on a board located in the main foyer. The colleges information board located in the main foyer will have general information regarding public transport, timetabling, maps of the campus, after hours contacts etc.