Safety Strategy

A safer Shellharbour

Shellharbour Safety Strategy is an inspirational strategy that tells the local story, explores the big picture and creates a shared vision for a safe Shellharbour. It builds upon our achievements to date and also provides new opportunities.

Crime Prevention Strategy

Our Crime Prevention Partnership is a joint strategy between NSW Police, Housing NSW, our Rangers and our Community Safety Officer to help reduce crime and fear of crime within our LGA. This monthly meeting focuses on all aspects of crime prevention including hot spots, early intervention, situational, social and developmental.

Pop-up safety meetings

In partnership with NSW Police, we conduct monthly Community Safety Pop Up meetings. The informal meetings are linked with Crime Prevention Partnership meetings, presenting valuable information about individual suburbs and offering more occasions for residents to have personal contact with police and staff. Check out our events calendar and follow us on Facebook to find out the date of the next meeting.

Domestic and family violence

Our  Domestic Violence Management Plan outlines a long-term goal to reduce the rate of domestic violence assaults, increase awareness of domestic violence and encourage the city to take a stand and say NO to violence in Shellharbour.

We hold a position of the Illawarra Committee against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and are actively involved in activities throughout the region. 

Family and domestic violence can be between people who are in many different relationships. The type of violence can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. If you are experiencing domestic violence there are people that can help you. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Homelessness in Shellharbour

In 2012 the NSW Government introduced the Protocol for Homeless People in Public Places. We have adopted the protocol to help ensure homeless people are treated respectfully, appropriately and are not discriminated against. Homeless people have the same right as everyone else to use public places.

Link2Home is a state-wide telephone service that provides information, assessment and referral to specialist homelessness services, temporary accommodation and other supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Link2Home can be contacted on 1800 152 152.

Liquor accord and alcohol-free zones

Liquor accords are partnerships among licensed venues, community, local businesses, local councils, police, government departments and other community groups that work together to develop practical solutions to address alcohol-related issues, anti-social behaviour and violence in local areas. For further information on Shellharbour Liquor Accord and how to get involved, please contact our Community Safety Officer on 4221 6111.

It is illegal to drink alcohol in an Alcohol-Free and Prohibited Zones. This is enforced by NSW Police and if caught, alcohol will be immediately seized and tipped out. This includes roads, footpaths, car parks and public land. Alcohol-Free and Prohibited Zones are established for four years in response to problems relating to anti-social behaviour and to discourage the public consumption of alcohol. 17 Alcohol-Free & Prohibited Zones established to reassure the safety and well-being of the local population.

Last updated : Fri 7 May 2021