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Schoolies

COVID-19 Update:  

The 2020 Schoolies FestivalTM has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand the decision to cancel this year’s Schoolies FestivalTM will be extremely disappointing for the class of 2020, who have already had a lot to deal with this year.

The Victor Harbor Schoolies FestivalTM has been an annual rite of passage for South Australian teenagers for 20 years. While the class of 2020 deserve recognition for their hard work, this year is like no other and as a community we need to do everything we can to keep COVID safe. In this case, it means cancellation of the 2020 Schoolies FestivalTM.

We encourage private accommodation providers to be flexible in their cancellation and postponement policies to support the cancellation of the 2020 Schoolies FestivalTM and help spread bookings more evenly over the coming months and summer holiday period.

There is no doubt that tourism is an important part of Victor Harbor’s economic recovery and we encourage families and small groups to visit and enjoy the wonderful experiences on offer in our region.

Mass gatherings like Schoolies FestivalTM are not the answer to our region’s economic recovery. We want to see bookings spread out, with smaller groups out and about within our community. The Council has taken on this mindset and organised a smaller series of events between October and December to provide locals and visitors with activities and vibrancy.

Local businesses and our wider community have done a fantastic job adapting to restrictions and government directives to keep our community and visitors COVID safe. It is important we do all that we can to maintain this position.

SA Police are currently finalising directives that will support the cancellation of Schoolies. Further information and updates will be provided on this website.

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About Schoolies Festival

The annual Schoolies Festival takes place in November each year, with the main event held on Warland Reserve in Victor Harbor.

Schoolies Festival is managed by Encounter Youth, who also coordinate the Schoolies Operation Working Group who are focused on encouraging greater responsibility and safety among attendees.

The City of Victor Harbor works closely with Encounter Youth, the Schoolies Operation Working Group, SA Government departments and other organisations to ensure that Schoolies Festivals are a safe and fun environment for young people celebrating their end of secondary schooling.

Schoolies Operation is well supported by numerous emergency services organisations with positive guidance provided by Encounter Youth’s – Green Team which comprises of some 500 volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to understand the challenges faced in relation to Schoolies Operation and Schoolies Festival it is necessary to consider a range of factors.

Council have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions: Schoolies(293 kb) document that looks at why school leavers come to Victor Harbor, how the event is managed and a range of other questions asked by our community.

In addition to Council's FAQ, further information about the event is also available at Encounter Youth's Schoolies Festival.