Safety on the road is a major priority, especially for new drivers. To keep you as safe as possible on the road, many cars are now designed not just to help protect occupants in an accident (for instance with multiple airbags and crumple zones).
They are also equipped with technologies and innovations such as traction control, anti-skid braking, radar cruise control, blind spot monitors, reverse cameras, and audible alarms, to help reduce the chance of accidents occuring in the first place.
ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program) safety ratings for new cars can be found at www.ancap.com.au.
You'll also find UCSR (Used Car Safety Ratings) ratings for used cars here: What is UCSR?
Once you've worked out the type of car - hatch, sedan (saloon), manual or automatic, etc. - and narrowed your list of models down to 3 or 4, you can start your search in earnest.