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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.

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. 

The City of Adelaide, supported by SA Ambulance and the Heart Foundation, has installed automatic external defibrillators (AED) for public use in 24 locations throughout the city and North Adelaide. 

View AED Map

Click here to download map

24 hour AED public access: 

  • Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga (near the public toilets to the north east of the square)
  • Wellington Square / Kudnartu
  • Light Square / Wauwi
  • Whitmore Square / Iparrityi
  • Hindmarsh Square / Mukata
  • Hurtle Square / Tangkaira
  • Rundle Mall (near Stephens Place)
  • Melbourne Street
  • North Adelaide Gold Course (Par 3 Cafe)
  • Riverbank (near Festival Theatre)
  • Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Velo Cafe)

Restricted AED access:

  • Adelaide Aquatic Centre - 2 AEDs                           
  • North Adelaide Golf Course (Links Clubhouse)
  • Adelaide Town Hall       
  • City of Adelaide Customer Centre
  • Adelaide Central Market - 3 AEDs
  • City of Adelaide Hutt St Library
  • City of Adelaide City Library
  • North Adelaide City of Adelaide Community Centre
  • Box Factory City of Adelaide Community Centre
  • South West City of Adelaide Community Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

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Main image: Artwork highlighting AED locations by Daniel To and Emma Aiston of DANIEL EMMA design studio

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.

Mobility Scooter Safety

When driving your motorised mobility 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


Main image: Artwork by Daniel To and Emma Aiston of DANIEL EMMA design studio

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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