Community safety

Community safety

Sydney is a safe city

The City of Sydney local area is home to over 220,000 residents, and over the past decade had one of the fastest growing populations in NSW.

On an average day, including visitors and students, it’s estimated there are more than 1.2 million people in the city. By 2030, the city’s population is estimated to grow by around 46%.

Sydney is recognised internationally as a safe city. In 2016, metropolitan Sydney ranked the third highest of 30 cities around the world in terms of its performance in health, safety and security in PwC’s major comparative report on global city performance.

Globally competitive cities are liveable cities, and safety is fundamental to the liveability of a city. The actual and perceived safety of our residents, businesses and visitors continues to be a priority for the City.

The NSW Government is responsible for law and order, public housing, health and public transport, and leads on responses to these issues in the city.

Our community safety action plan sets out the City’s contribution to making Sydney a safe and resilient place to live, visit, work and study. It describes our commitment to safety and our areas of focus for the next 5 years.

Our priority areas

Safe streets and spaces

  • Increase actual and perceived public safety in city streets and spaces to ensure they are well lit and attractive.
  • Promote a creative and vibrant nightlife to reduce alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
  • Improve road, public transport and pedestrian safety.

Crime prevention and response

  • Reduce the opportunities for crime to occur.
  • Contribute to reducing domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
  • Contribute to preventing child abuse and supporting effective responses.

Ready and resilient

  • Ensure Sydney knows how to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
  • Build resilient and connected communities to increase safety.
  • Reduce harm from drugs and alcohol.

A safe global destination

  • Ensure visitors feel safe and welcome in Sydney.
  • Promote Sydney’s safety globally.
  • Help international students to live, study and work safely in Sydney.

Last updated: Friday, 10 January 2020