Safe, secure and future ready

Australia is a great place to live and work, consistently ranking among the
safest countries in the world. Our stable political system, low crime rate, and strict biosecurity and gun control laws all contribute to the safe and secure lifestyle we enjoy.

We’re also a modern, progressive, democratic and multicultural society that upholds freedom of speech and protects human rights. We all benefit from ongoing economic security, good governance and the rule of law.

And you can rest assured knowing that your hard-earned savings are safe. In the unlikely event of a failure, savings held in banks, building societies and credit unions are protected by the Australian Government bank deposit guarantee.

I sought to move to a country where my daughter and I would be secure and accepted, and have opportunities aligned to the efforts we employ. I … believe that [in Australia] we will have the opportunity to develop our skills and reach for the stars if we so please. A less volatile and safer living environment was high on my priority list as a single mother.

Leandre Piggott - South Africa
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Construction Project Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Australia have marriage equality?

In 2017 the right to marry in Australia was no longer determined by sex or gender when the Marriage Act 1961 was updated to allow for marriage equality.

Will I be protected from discrimination and harassment?

There are federal, state and territory laws in Australia to protect people from discrimination and harassment.

In Australia, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a number of protected attributes including age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

How does Australia handle natural disasters?

Australia can be prone to natural hazards such as bushfires, floods and cyclones. However, Australia is adept at mitigating the effects of natural disasters. The National Emergency Management Agency responds to emergencies, helps communities recover and prepares Australia for future disasters.

Can I vote if I am a permanent resident?

In Australia, you need to be an Australian citizen or an eligible British subject to be eligible to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

How does Australia’s system of Government work?

Australia has a mixed system of government. It is a:

  • Representative democracy: Australians vote for members of parliament to make laws on their behalf.
  • Constitutional monarchy: The King is Australia’s head of state but does not have absolute power and is required to follow the Australian Constitution. The King gives his powers to the Governor-General.
  • Federation of states: A federation is a group of states who have given some of their law-making powers to a national government and kept some law-making powers for local matters.

The power to make and manage laws in Australia is shared between the parliament, government and courts. This is called the separation of powers.

Does Australia have strong gun control laws?

We have strict gun control laws that restrict access to firearms and promote responsible gun ownership. Owning and using a gun is limited in Australia to people who have a genuine reason. The Australian system requires both the licensing of individual shooters and the registration of each firearm. 

Is Australia politically stable?

Australia has a stable political system based on democratic principles, with a strong rule of law. We have a well-established legal framework and robust democratic institutions that ensure political stability and the protection of individual rights and freedoms.

Is Australia’s wildlife dangerous?

Before you travel, get the facts about dangerous animals in Australia.

Is Australia a safe country?

Australians enjoy a deep sense of safety and freedom thanks to our enduring political stability and open, diverse society. Sydney and Melbourne ranked among the top 10 safest cities in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2021. Sydney and Melbourne have also been ranked as the third and fourth most liveable cities in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2023.