Public safety advice

Stay informed with trusted information about events and issues that may affect your safety or wellbeing.

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Weather and the environment

Queensland snake season

Know what to look out for!
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Prepping for monsoon season

Australia's monsoon season runs from around November to April.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Understanding the Australian Warning System for floods

The NSW SES are changing from its old seven-tiered system to the new steamlined Australian Warning System (AWS).
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Staying safe from spider bites

Australia has a lot of spiders - we all know that - so here's how to stay safe from these dangerous things.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Prepping for floods

We really hope you don't need these tips, but here's how to get ahead of the water before it gets all over you.
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Updated over a week ago

Funding available for flood affected communities in NSW

Disaster assistance is available for 23 local government areas.
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Updated over a week ago

General Waste vs Recycling

Find out more information about what goes where.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

New Zealand tsunami evacuation map

New Zealanders will now be able to look up their nearest tsunami evacuation zone.
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Updated over a week ago

Varroa mites infestation

Find out more about how these pests are affecting bee colonies.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Increase of pests in Sydney due to the wet weather

Find out how you can best tackle these pests.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Dealing with mould in your home

So you've got a mould problem? Don't worry, we're here to help.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

NSW floods update

With many people being impacted by this extreme event, we're here to help you stay informed and stay safe.
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Updated over a week ago

QLD floods update

Stay safe and informed during the current flood events occurring in Queensland.
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Updated over a week ago

How to prepare for mosquito season

Ways you can avoid getting bitten this summer.
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Updated over a week ago

What you need to know about the weather event La Niña

Information about La Niña and how you can prepare.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Winter weather safety

Whether you're facing snow, sleet or icy conditions, here's how you can stay safe.
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Written by Dean
Updated over a week ago

Flood facts

There are many dangers following a storm or heavy rain, and floodwaters can be one of the most unsuspecting.
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Updated over a week ago

Power outage safety

With the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) warning of possible power interruptions, know what to do if you face an outage.
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Updated over a week ago

What to do in a severe storm

How to prepare and stay safe during a major weather event.
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Updated over a week ago

Wild Weather

Storm preparation, floods, and sea-smart advice
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Updated over a week ago

Common reactions after a major event

If you're wondering why you're feeling a certain way after a major event has happened in your life, you're not alone.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago
COVID-19 updates

TAS face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in Tasmania.
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Updated over a week ago

RATs are tax deductible - keep your receipts

Yes, you read that right!
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

New Omicron variants in Australia

Health experts are warning that the number of new cases is expected to spike. So what do we know about the new variants?
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

WA face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in Western Australia.
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Updated over a week ago

NT face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in the Northern Territory.
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Updated over a week ago

SA face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in South Australia.
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Updated over a week ago

ACT face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in the ACT.
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Updated over a week ago

VIC face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in Victoria.
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Updated over a week ago

QLD face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in Queensland.
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Updated over a week ago

NSW face mask rules update

An overview of the current face mask rules in NSW.
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Updated over a week ago

Questions about COVID-19's impact on fertility

Your questions about COVID-19 and fertility answered.
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Updated over a week ago

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

The steps you should follow if you test positive for COVID-19, and where to go for help.
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Updated over a week ago

Close contacts and isolation

You are considered a close contact if you live in the same house as a positive COVID-19 case.
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Updated over a week ago

Rapid antigen testing in Australia

Information on how to use rapid antigen testing in Australia, and what to do if you test positive.
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Updated over a week ago

NZ COVID-19 update

New Zealand is currently at the 'orange' alert level of COVID restrictions.
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Updated over a week ago

ACT COVID-19 update

Current restrictions across the ACT.
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Updated over a week ago

NSW COVID-19 update

New changes mean household contacts no longer need to isolate.
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Updated over a week ago

NT COVID-19 update

Northern Territory COVID-19 restrictions.
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Updated over a week ago

QLD COVID-19 update

Isolation orders scrapped for asymptomatic household contacts.
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Updated over a week ago

SA COVID-19 update

Close contacts of COVID-19 cases no longer need to quarantine.
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Updated over a week ago

TAS COVID-19 update

Details about the current restrictions in Tasmania.
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Updated over a week ago

VIC COVID-19 update

Vaccination status for venues scrapped and close contacts no longer need to isolate.
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Updated over a week ago

WA COVID-19 update

Current updates on restrictions.
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Updated over a week ago

Travel during the pandemic: what you need to know

Travelling internationally or interstate? Find all the latest advice here.
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Written by Caroline
Updated over a week ago

Working restrictions removed for international students

To help ease COVID worker shortage, international students can now work more than 40 hours a fortnight.
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Updated over a week ago

Australian Government COVID update

'Stay calm, get your booster and use your common sense': PM Scott Morrison.
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Written by Caroline
Updated over a week ago

Update about the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Your questions about Omicron answered.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

How can Sonder support me during COVID-19?

It's normal to feel anxious and confused - we're here to help.
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Written by Caroline
Updated over a week ago

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Get tested immediately and isolate if you return a positive result.
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Written by Caroline
Updated over a week ago

COVID-19: Identifying the Symptoms

Particularly during allergy season it can be difficult to tell the difference between COVID-19, colds and allergies.
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Written by Kate
Updated over a week ago
Misinformation and scamming

Natural disaster fake tradies scam

Fake tradies are also known as 'travelling con men' and are always too good to be true.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Telstra refund scam

Scammers are targeting Telstra customers with a phishing scam promising a refund.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

myGov email refund scam

Be aware of what to look out for.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Financial scam targeting international students

International students studying at ANU and other Australian unis are being targeted by scammers pretending to be government officials.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

New Zealand police email scam

Find out more information about this scam.
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Updated over a week ago

Linkt E-Tag pass scam

Be wary of this E-Tag scam involving text messages that's making the rounds.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

NASA photo cyberattack warning

Stay vigilant over a malicious new cyberattack that involves a phishing email containing photos taken from the James Webb space telescope.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Medicare text scam

Make sure you're aware so you don't get caught out.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Australian news sites espionage scam

Hackers are posing as Australian News Corp websites in a sophisticated year-long cyber scam
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Bank card skimming

Learn what to look out for when using your bank card.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Commonwealth Bank email scam

A CBA phishing email scam is making the rounds, so stay vigilant for any weird messages.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

'Pig butchering' scams

Despite the name, no pigs are harmed in this scam. However, your wallet may be in danger.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

NZ cost of living payment scam

Fake text messages referring to cost of living payments are being sent out to New Zealanders by scammers.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Blackmail and image-based abuse scams

Learn more about these scams.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Apple Pay text scam

A series of text messages containing 'Apple Pay' phishing links are being sent out to unsuspecting people, including Android users.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Apple warns of security flaws

Make sure you update to IOS 15.6.1.
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Updated over a week ago

Bunnings and Kmart job scams

Fake Bunnings and Kmart job ads have been spotted in the wild so please stay vigliant.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

'Spend money to earn money' job scams

Beware of those job ads that are too good to be true - they almost certainly are.
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Property/real estate email scam

All those involved in the buying, leasing, and selling of property need to stay vigilant.
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Updated over a week ago

University of Western Australia data breach

The breach is the second in as many months in which an Australian university's student data has been exposed.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Puppy scams

Be careful as there are scammers using fake ads for adorable puppies to swindle people out of their money.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

End-of-year holiday season scams

Scammers are out in force during the holiday season, so learn how to stay safe during this busy period.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

LinkedIn and WhatsApp scam

Be on the lookout for this scam involving fake profiles and opportunities involving real job ads.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Travelling safely overseas

Tips and advice if it's been awhile since your last overseas trip.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Misinformation and scamming

How to recognise, avoid and report scams.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Sick of phone scams?

Find out how you can avoid them!
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

WhatsApp scam targeting parents and grandparents

If a family member sends you a message on WhatsApp saying they have a new number, you should treat it with suspicion - here's why.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Natural disaster and flood scams

Stay vigilant against a series of scams aimed at vulnerable people affected by natural disasters.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

New Australia Post scam to be wary of

A series of highly authentic looking AusPost scams are on the loose.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Staying safe from crypto scams

A series of crypto related scams are making the rounds.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Australian Tax Office scams

Read on to see if you're receiving these scam messages.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Sick of phone scams?

Find out how you can avoid them!
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Flubot scams

Find out how to identify this type of scam and what to do if you're targeted.
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Updated over a week ago

myGovID email scam

Scammers are sending emails pretending to be from the ‘myGov customer care team’.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Protect yourself from scams

Here are some tips to help protect yourself against scammers.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Virtual kidnapping scam

International students should be aware of sophisticated scams designed to get families to pay ransoms on fake kidnapping.
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Written by Kate
Updated over a week ago
Online safety

Protecting your smart home from hackers

Your smart home and other "smart" devices may be at risk of cyber attacks - and you may not even realise it.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Medibank data breach: What to do?

The private health insurer has confirmed that hackers have obtained private medical details of customers.
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Updated over a week ago

Update your Google Chrome ASAP

Hackers are exploiting a flaw present in the search engine.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

What is cryptojacking?

Learn about this modern cybersecurity threat that will impact your computer hardware.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Worrying data sharing in popular children's apps

Some of Australia's most popular entertainment apps for children are gathering data on kids and building profiles on them.
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Updated over a week ago

Optus data breach: What to do?

The telco was hit by a cyberattack that's exposed the personal info of millions of Australians.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Staying safe on the internet

Stay aware of any tricks that might trip you up while browsing the net.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Online safety and combating extremism

Victoria's parliamentary inquiry into the rise of far-right extremism has confirmed that it is real. Here's how to protect children from it.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Whatsapp data leak: How to stay safe

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Updated this week

Woolworths Everyday Rewards account security alert

Customers have reported that their accounts have been accessed without their knowledge.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago
Public safety

R-Plates introduced on Australian roads

These plates will encourage extra consideration for drivers recovering from trauma.
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Updated over a week ago

New QLD road rules to protect responders

QLD drivers could be fined and lose demerit points if they fail to slow down and move over when emergency responders are on the road.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Report crime to STOPIT Police text line

Victoria Police have launched a new STOPIT text line for the public to use when reporting crimes on public transport.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

So you've been swooped by a magpie

Don't worry, we've got you and your safety covered for magpie season.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Australia flight delays and cancellations

Sydney and Melbourne airport are among the world's worst for flight cancellations and delays.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Kangaroos are NOT your friends

Despite how cute they are, wild kangaroos are not your friends or pets and you need to stay vigilant around them.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

South Australia 'extreme speeding' laws

South Australia police can now immediately cancel a driver's licence in circumstances of 'extreme speed'.
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Written by Sonder
Updated over a week ago

Be aware of cane toads

A growing number of cane toad sightings south of QLD is causing a biosecurity concern for NSW.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

How to avoid electrical fires and explosions

Authorities are urging customers to buy electrical devices safely after reports of power banks and USB charges exploding.
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Updated this week

Putting up Christmas lights safely

As we head into the Christmas period, it's important to learn how to put up lights safely and avoid electrical incidents.
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Updated this week

Staying safe from gender-based violence

Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

Motorcycle and cyclist safety

Motorcyclists and cyclists are vulnerable road users and need to be aware of the risks that can arise on the road.
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Updated over a week ago