Teach your children to respect the environment and also let them know that sadly, many people do not which causes damage to public areas as well as posing risks to visitors. Children can be curious about an interesting object laying in the grass or sand or may feel a sense of honour in picking up somebody else’s rubbish. Glass, syringes and sharp items can be very dangerous and unseen items, insects or rodents can be lurking inside bags and bottles. Food containers can be contaminated by various bacteria from decay or left behind by hungry animals.

If you are taking part in a community clean up event, register as required and observe rules about wearing gloves, using rubbish grabbers or tongs and placing items in bags provided. If you want to independently clean up or report an area littered with rubbish near your home, contact your local council to report the site or advise that you would like to organise a clean up and find out if there are public access or other restrictions.

Featured  safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Emergency contact list

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Emergency and advice

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.