Health and security risks in expat destinations: Australia

Research into the risk ratings of nineteen popular expatriate destinations has been published. The research examined security and medical facilities. In this article the spotlight is on Australia.

Health and security risks in expat destinations: Australia
No organisation today can afford to neglect its duty of care. To reduce health risks to individuals, and business and reputational risks to their employers, planning, preparation and up-to-date information are vital.As part of their series on global risk in popular expatriate destinations, global medical assistance provider CEGA and security specialist Solace Global discuss the risk rating in Australia.


OVERALL RISK RATINGLOWAustralia’s current national terrorism threat level is ’probable’ and the country has seen some high profile incidents recently; among them the hostage crisis in a popular café in Sydney and the New South Wales murder of a civilian police employee.Perpetrators are often self-radicalised and loosely affiliated to the Islamic State. Australia’s involvement in the international coalition against IS may prompt further attacks.

Crime rate

Violent crime is low but does occur, while non-violent crime is common in crowded areas. Generally, crime levels are similar to those of the western world.

Medical facilities

The country’s health infrastructure is excellent, although hospitals and health centres in large urban areas are best. In rural parts, small medical centres and non-profit air ambulance organisations, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), offer adequate care.


Entry into Australia is dependent on a valid certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever, while other recommended vaccinations include hepatitis, bat rabies and Japanese encephalitis.Risks also include large bushfires, cyclones and flash-flooding, so keep an eye on local weather reports.For related news and features, visit our Global Health and Wellness section.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory  Get access to our free Global Mobility Toolkit Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centre

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