Australia is much safer than many other countries with one of the highest standards of living in the world and political stability. The crime rate is relatively low when compared to other countries and Australia has strict anti-gun and drug laws. However, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations and keep yourself safe.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe:
- Whenever possible travel in groups. Risk is created by travelling alone, especially at night
- Always tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return
- Check public transport timetables in advance to avoid long waits, especially at night
- Walk in well lit areas even if it means your trip is longer. Avoid short cuts through dark isolated areas.
- Follow any security guidelines provided by CIT or the International Services Unit (ISU)
- Avoid giving personal information to strangers
- Lock doors and windows before you leave your house or apartment
- Be careful when using automatic teller machines (ATMs) and put your cash away quickly
CIT's 'Play it Safe' Information for Young Women
CIT has developed the 'Play it Safe' website for young women to provide them with up-to-date information about safe everyday living, studying, relationships and social life in Canberra.
See Play it Safe for more information.