Women's Safety Audit

Checklist [PDF 179KB] [Word 165KB]
Survey Questions [PDF 96KB] [Word 33KB]

What are Women’s Safety Audits?

Women experience and perceive safety differently than men. A Women’s Safety Audit involves walking through a physical environment and completing a checklist to methodically evaluate safety from a woman’s perspective. The Audit materials are provided free by the ACT Government using the links at the top of the page.

Women’s Safety Audits empower women to take part in shaping their environment. Safe places and events promote inclusion and participation of all people in our community, and help to prevent sexual harassment and all forms of violence.

In the context of an Audit, 'safety' refers to personal safety - specifically, how safe a person is and how safe they feel in any given environment.

When and where should Women’s Safety Audits be used?

Women’s Safety Audits can be used at any time, and at any event or place. They are particularly important for new events, new infrastructure and changes to public places. Women’s safety should be considered early in the planning process, with the Women’s Safety Audit undertaken with enough time for changes to be implemented.

How to conduct a Women’s Safety Audit

  • Download the Women’s Safety Audit checklist.
  • Complete the checklist by walking through the relevant location. Where possible, please consider the needs of women with diverse experiences when completing the checklist, such as
    • Women with disability;
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women;
    • Women with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
    • Older women;
    • Women that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer;
  • Women on their own;
  • Women with children;
  • Women that are new to the area; and
  • Women travelling by foot.
  • Review the results and address any issues that were identified.

ACT Government Events

A Women’s Safety Audit checklist should be completed prior to all ACT Government events. Any issues that are identified need to be addressed before the event starts.

Measures should also be undertaken during the event, such as repeating the checklist or surveying female attendees. Some example survey questions you may wish to consider are provided in the link at the top of the page.

Following the event, the audit and survey results should be reviewed and the lessons learnt should be documented for the next event.

For more information

For more information or to provide feedback on the Audit process please contact the Office for Women on 6205 0515 or email women@act.gov.au.