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Community Safety

The City of Adelaide delivers and supports programs and services to increase safety in the city. We also work with local businesses, police and the community to ensure our city is as secure and trouble-free as possible.

Key Initiatives

Automatic External Defibrillators

Sudden cardiac arrest is a significant public health problem and one of the leading causes of death in Australia. Automatic defibrillators can dramatically increase the chance of survival. 

City of Adelaide, supported by SA Ambulance and the Heart Foundation, has installed automatic external defibrillators for public use in 26 locations throughout the City and North Adelaide. 

Map to be updated with all 26 Automatic External Defibrillators, currently only disaplying 24 locations. 

Locations with 24 hours AED public access: 

Rundle Mall (near Stephens Place)
Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (near the public toilets to the north east of the square)

These two AED locations are easily identifiable. Just look for the heart-shaped installations by artist Pat Welke above each device.

Click here to download map

Locations with restricted AED public access:

Adelaide Aquatic Centre (2)                            North Adelaide Golf Course
Adelaide Town Hall        City of Adelaide Customer Centre
Adelaide Central Market (3) City of Adelaide Libraries (Hutt St, City Library)
City of Adelaide Community Centres (North Adelaide, Box Factory, South West)

Free Shockingly Easy AED training and CPR-30 sessions

Session 1
Tuesday 30 October 2018, 5.30pm
North Adelaide Community Centre
176 Tynte Street

Session 2
Thursday 1 November 2018, 5.30pm
St Cyprian Church Hall
74 Melbourne Street

Register at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 8203 7283

Frequently Asked Questions

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City Safety at Night

Here are some useful tips developed by the City of Adelaide and South Australian Police on how to stay safe in the city at night. These tips include how to stay safe while walking on the street at night and information on late-night transport services.

In creating a liveable city, through the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan, Council seeks to enable people to use the city safely. The City Safety Strategy 2013-2017 outlines Council’s approach to creating a safer city.

To achieve a safer City, a number of Council safety initiatives have been introduced to reduce crime and improve public safety.   

For further safety and security advice see the following information from the South Australia Police, the Metropolitan Fire Service and Adelaide Metro.

Motorised Scooter Safety

When driving your motorised scooter through the City it is important to remember the following:

  • Ensure a mobility scooter is a safe choice for you
  • Check legal requirements
  • Take a test run and get some training
  • Be seen and where possible, stick to the footpaths

» Help cut mobility scooter accidents


The TravelSMART Program is a joint initiative of the Government of South Australia in partnership with local government. Transport SA coordinates the program and works with workplaces to promote and facilitate sustainable transport options for cleaner air, less traffic congestion and healthier communities e.g. cycling, walking, public transport, car-pooling, more fuel efficient vehicles.

» More Information



What does AED stand for?

Automatic External Defibrillator

Where can AED's be found in the City?

In addition to the locations featured on the map above, there are other AED’s located within the City on private property and within many businesses. In the event of an emergency dial 000 and follow the operators instructions. Download map

Why is Council leading a public health project?

Council is committed to increasing the wellbeing and resilience of our residents and wants to encourage residents, city users and visitors to use the City safely. In addition, Council has responsibilities to consider public health initiatives under the Public Health Act 2011. 

How did the project start?

In February 2016 Council determined that it would work in partnership with SA Ambulance and the Heart Foundation, to install automatic external defibrillators or AED's for public use in various locations throughout the city and North Adelaide.

What happens if the AED is not available?

In the event of an emergency dial 000 and follow the operators instructions.

What does the recorded message say; when the cabinet door opens?

Please call 000 and take this Automatic External Defibrillator or AED to the patient.

What if the AED is stolen?

Council is able to track the AED.

Can the AED hurt someone; if used inappropriately?

No; it will only shock someone if the heart rhythm requires it. Please look for our free information sessions to learn more about how the AED works.

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