Feelings of Safety in Australia



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The survey results for the 2009, perceived feelings of safety in Australia, were published on 18th February 2010 by the ABS.

Some of the results are:

At Home Alone during the day:

  • 83% of persons felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day.
  • 2.50% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone during the day

The proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe during the day ranged from 76.7% in Northern Territory to 87.5% in the Australian Capital Territory.

At Home Alone during the night:

  • 69.5% of persons felt safe or very safe when at home alone after dark.
  • 4.3% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone after dark.

The proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe after dark ranged from 62.5% in the Northern Territory to 75.3% in Tasmania.


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State by State figures

Feel unsafe, or very unsafe, at Home Alone, during the day

  • 1.7% Queensland
  • 1.8% South Australia
  • 1.9% Victoria
  • 1.9% Tasmania
  • 2.0% Australian Capital Territory
  • 2.3% Western Australia
  • 2.5% New South Wales
  • 2.9% Northern Territory

Feel unsafe, or very unsafe, walking ALONE after DARK in own Neighbourhood

  • 1.7 % Tasmania
  • 2.7 % Queensland
  • 2.9 % South Australia
  • 3.1 % Victoria
  • 3.1 % Australian Capital Territory
  • 3.1 % Australia
  • 3.2 % New South Wales
  • 3.6 % Western Australia
  • 5.7 % Northern Territory

Full details can be found at the ABS report 4530.0 – Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2008-09

Comparison to previous results:

2002, 2005 and 2009 Feelings of Safety Figures

Persons feeling safe or very safe when at home alone during the day:

  • 2009 83%
  • 2005 82%
  • 2002 80%

Persons feeling safe or very safe when at home after dark

  • 2009 39.5%
  • 2005 72%
  • 2002 69%

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