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By Brett Warren

Australia’s Safe Suburbs Map

When it comes to property it's all about location, location, location. 

So where are Australia's safest suburbs located?

Budget Direct has recently released its inaugural Safe Suburbs Map for 2021. Safe

This covers how safe each suburb is from property crime, covering postcodes within Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

Budget Direct’s Jonathan Kerr said that

"Homebuyers have more access to property and suburb data than ever before.

Whether you’re looking for your first home or an investment property, it is really useful to be able to look at the property crime rate of your desired suburb.”

Kerr says,

“With Budget Direct’s Safe Suburbs Map, you can look up the postcodes of the suburbs where you’re looking to buy and see how many property crimes occur per 1,000 homes.

You will be able to compare up to 2 postcodes at a time and how each suburb ranks within your desired state.

Budget Direct’s latest Home Burglary survey found that at least 1 in 4 Aussies (24.7%) were more concerned about home invasions in their suburbs compared to the previous 12 months.

While you might be fortunate enough to live in a lower-risk suburb, it is still very important that you take actions to minimise your risk of home theft as this can happen to anyone.

According to their latest research, Budget Direct says you should consider taking a three-pronged approach to improving the security of your home:

  1. Increase the level of security within your home - at least 3 in 4 Aussies (74.2%) would install a home security system to reduce their insurance premium.
  2. Get involved in the community - only 1 in 5 Aussies know about their local Neighbourhood Watch program.
  3. Don’t allow window-shoppers - minimise the number of unknown visitors you allow into your home.
    For example, people posing as door-to-door salespeople can catch a glimpse inside your home to quickly identify vulnerabilities and identify valuable items.”

How well do you know the safety of your postcode or region?


Head out west to the Darling Downs & Maranoa if you‘re looking to live in Queensland’s safest region for property crime

There is no longer a northside/southside debate. Brisbane’s western suburbs are the safest with 33% marked “lower than average risk” extending from north-west suburbs such as The Gap to Moggill in the south-west, via Indooroopilly and the Centenary Suburbs

The Sunshine Coast has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (27%) compared to the Gold Coast which does not have any

Cairns has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (38%) compared to Townsville (13%)

Mackay has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (20%) compared to Rockhampton (17%)


Top 5 regions - Brisbane (% of suburbs that are lower than average risk)

  • Moreton Bay - 36%
  • Brisbane - West - 33%
  • Redlands - 22%
  • Brisbane - East - 21%
  • Logan - 10%

Top 5 postcodes:

  • 4055 - Ferny Hills, Bunya - State rank #25
  • 4514 - Woodford, D'Aguilar, Delaneys Creek - State rank #30
  • 4520 - Samford Valley, Samford Village, Armstrong Creek - State rank #32
  • 4070 - Anstead, Bellbowrie, Moggill - State rank #34
  • 4021 -  Dayboro, Ocean View, Mount Mee - State rank #36

New South Wales

There’s a clear winner when it comes to the number of “lower than average risk” Sydney suburbs.

Sydney’s North and suburbs north of the Harbour Bridge are the safest for property crime including the Upper & Lower North Shore to HornsbyNorthern Beaches and Ryde taking out the top 3 safest areas in NSW for property crime

The Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven region which takes in regional centres such as Nowra, Bowral and Batemans Bay has the highest proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (38%)

Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (41%) compared to the Inner West (35%)


Top 5 regions (% of suburbs that are “lower than average risk” ):

  • North Sydney and Hornsby - 68%
  • Northern Beaches - 60%
  • Ryde - 57%
  • Sutherland - 55%
  • Eastern Suburbs - 41%

Top 5 postcodes:

  • 2776 - Faulconbridge - State rank #4
  • 2085 - Belrose, Davidson - State rank #6
  • 2090 - Cremorne, Cremorne Point - State rank #9
  • 2125 - West Pennant Hills - State rank #12
  • 2172 - Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point - State rank #13


Warrnambool and southwest Victoria are regarded as the safest region in the state for property crime with 55% of “lower than average risk” postcodes. This includes regional centres along the Great Ocean Road including Apollo Bay, extending to Colac and Casterton

Melbourne’s Outer-East suburbs rank highest in the metropolitan area, extending from Doncaster East to Belgrave and Lilydale

Bendigo has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (35%) compared to Ballarat which does not have any

The Mornington Peninsula has a higher proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (30%) compared to Geelong (16%)


Top 5 regions (% of suburbs that are lower than average risk):

  • Melbourne - Outer East - 29%
  • Melbourne - North East - 23%
  • Melbourne - North West - 14%
  • Melbourne - South East - 14%
  • Melbourne - West - 7%

Top 5 postcodes:

  • 3115 - Wonga Park - State rank #4
  • 3792 - The Patch - State rank #6
  • 3814 - Garfield, Garfield North, Cora Lynn, Vervale - State rank #18
  • 3808 - Beaconsfield Upper, Dewhurst - State rank #25
  • 3808 - Ferny Creek - State rank #30

South Australia

The South Australian Outback is the safest region in the state for property crime (48%) extending a wide area to cover Olympic Dam, Port Neill, and Coober Pedy

Adelaide Central & Hills has the highest proportion of “lower than average risk” suburbs (28%) which takes in the CBD, Unley, and out to Aldgate.

This is more than double that of the next safest metropolitan area for property crime Adelaide South suburbs (10%) which extends from Clarence Gardens to Belair and Morphett Vale

Top 5 regions (% of suburbs that are lower than average risk):

  • South Australia - Outback - 48%
  • Barossa - Yorke - Mid North - 39%
  • South Australia - South East - 30%
  • Adelaide - Central and Hills - 28%
  • Adelaide - South - 10%

Top 5 postcodes:

  • 5151 - Piccadilly - State rank #7
  • 5155 - Bridgewater, Mount George - State rank #13
  • 5154 - Aldgate - State rank #19
  • 5076 - Athelstone, Adelaide, Castambul - State rank #22
  • 5137 - Ashton, Marble Hill - State rank #25

About Brett Warren Brett Warren is National Director of Metropole Properties and uses his two decades of property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their wealth through strategic property advice.
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