Australia is a peaceful country with low levels of crime. However, it is still wise to keep yourself safe and avoid dangerous situations. Here are some common sense safety tips:

  • Always tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you when you’re out and about
  • Carry only the money you need for the day
  • At night stay in well-lit areas where there are lots of people
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended
  • When using automatic teller machines (ATMs), put your cash in your wallet or bag straight away
  • Avoid giving personal information to strangers
  • Lock doors and windows before you leave your house or apartment
  • For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000) – this is a free call.

Download safety tips from the City of Sydney website. This information is available in different languages.

Transport safety (trains, buses and taxis)

There are a few basic safety guidelines to follow whenever you're using Sydney's public transport system which will help make your trip as safe as possible.

  • At night, wait for taxis, trains or buses in well lit areas next to other people
  • Keep your wallet/purse out of sight or close by your side
  • Sit in train carriages nearest the train guard (this carriage has a blue light) as they are always open and well lit
  • Sit wherever you feel most comfortable in a taxi (front or back seat)
  • Check timetables on to avoid long waits

Sun safety

The sun can be very strong in Australia and it is easy for your skin to sunburn. Here are some sun safety tips:

  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods between 10am and 3pm
  • Wear UV (ultraviolet) protective sunglasses
  • Wear a broad rim hat that will protect your face
  • Apply UV sunscreen regularly throughout the day.

Beach safety

Going to the beach is a popular activity in Australia, especially in the warmer months. Here are some beach safety tips to help you enjoy our wonderful beaches:

  • Swim between the red and yellow flags as this indicates the safest place to swim where surf lifesavers can help you if you get into difficulties in the water
  • Read the safety signs provided by surf lifesavers and the local council
  • Ask surf lifesavers for advice on surf conditions before entering the water
  • Swim with a friend so you can look out for each other
  • Keep an eye on your valuables while swimming – where possible do not take valuables to the beach.

More information on beach safety is available in 34 languages from Australian Surf Life Saving website.


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