Australian enjoys lots of freedom in their daily life. They can live where they want, say what they like, without offending, dress how they please, having personal relationships with who they desire and its these qualities that are attractive to tourist and people who select Australia as a favorite destination to visit. But is important to remember, as in any location, every place has is own laws, rules and regulations and people must follow it or can be fined and worse.As an international student you must also follow these laws, even if they are different then the ones that you are normally used to.
Some common laws include:
- You must be over 18 years of age to purchase alcohol or cigarettes.
- Smoking in many public places, including shopping centers, restaurants and on public transport is prohibited.
- You cannot buy, sell, possess or use illicit drugs, including marijuana, amphetamine and opiates.
- You cannot carry weapons, including knives and guns nor threaten people.
- You must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorbike or scooter.
- If you drive a car in Australia you must a drivers license and make sure you are aware of all the rules that need to be followed.
- Acts of violence against other people, property or animals is a criminal offence.
- It is illegal to offer or receive a bribe for services, including those provided by a government official.
- You cannot work more than 20 hours if you are an international student with a visa.
- It is illegal to discriminate against any persona because of their gender, race, and country of origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs, martial status, disability or sexual preference.
The laws are provided by the Australian government and through them you can find out other laws that will also apply to you as an international student.
If you are the victim of a crime you should call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. If you live in the ACT, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia or the Northern Territory that is the number that will provide you with assistance.
If you live in Victoria or Queensland, contact your nearest police station. Police in Australia are they to help you and want to help you. They can answer your questions and provide assistance.
Here are common laws which you should be aware of including:
- You can only consume alcohol legally if you are over 18 years of age.
- You must be over 18 years of age to purchase cigarettes.
- Smoking is prohibited in many public places, including shopping centres, restaurants and on public transport, is prohibited.
- All illicit drugs use is illegal (including the buying, selling or possessing of marijuana, amphetamines and opiates).
- It is illegal to carry weapons, including knives and guns.
- All bicycle, motorbike and scoter drives must wear a safety helmet when riding.
- You may only drive a car in Australia if you have a valid drivers licence.
- You must obey all road rules.
- Any act of violence is a criminal offence, whether it is against other people (including family members), property or animals.
- Bribe for services is illegal (including brides directed at government officials).
- Discrimination is illegal. All persons are protected in Australia. Therefore, no person can be vilified or discriminated against on the basis of their gender, country of origin, race, political beliefs, religious beliefs, disability, marital status or sexual preference.