Is Australia a safe study destination for female international students?

We have recently been asked about this question by one of the community members on our YouTube channel, that “Is Australia a safe study option for females?”

And we are sure that some other female international students could have the same question in their minds as well.

So in this article, we are answering that question.

Women Safety in Australia

Australia is a considered to be a safe country for women.

The country offers a high level of personal safety, and the living standard is pretty good. Australia has a well-developed economy and a stable political system.

Australia has made an effort to make the country more welcoming for women by promoting gender equality and fighting sexism.

The country has also taken steps to reduce sexual harassment in public spaces, such as on public transport or at nightclubs.

Public transport including taxi’s are very safe and reliable in Australia.

There are also specific welfare, domestic violence support, child care, skills development and other programs targeted towards female equality and women empowerment.

Statistics about Crime Rate, Safety and Life Quality in Australia

Here are some statistics about key statistics about Australia’s crime, safety and quality of life.

According to Global Peace Index, Australia is ranked 16th among 163 countries.

Australia ranks 80th in the Crime Index among 142 countries as measured and reported by Numbeo.

And when it comes to quality of life, Australia is ranked 8th ahead of Canada, New Zealand,, United States and United Kingdom (United Nations Human Index Report).

Both Sydney and Melbourne has been consistently ranked among Top 10 safest cities in the world as well. (The Economist).

The low crime rate in Australia is also a result of the country’s strict gun laws. In 1996, after the Port Arthur Massacre, Australia passed a law that prohibited all automatic and semi-automatic guns, as well as pump-action shotguns.

Other factors that make Australia safe includes: Stable economy, Low unemployment, Strong political system, Less corruption.

Tips to keeping safe in Australia as a female international students

While, Australia is a safe country, there are some common sense and other best practices you still need to follow. This section is about tips to keep you safe in Australia as a female international student.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone at night.
  • Always keep your belongings close to you
  • If you are going to drink, it’s best to do so with friends and stay in a group
  • You should also avoid wearing expensive items that show off your wealth or possessions because this may attract unwanted attention from people who could pose a threat to you
  • Avoid dark and secluded areas like parks and alleys
  • Keep emergency contact numbers handy
  • Be aware of natural threats in Australia including bushfires, floods, etc.


The article concludes that Australia is still one of the safest countries for women in the world.

Many female international students come to Australia solo and study by themselves without stressing too much about their personal safety.

That does not mean you should let your guard down and be completely careless.

But when considering studying abroad, this is one of the key factors that makes female students choose Australia over some other destinations.