Cats have a bad rep here with lots of people. Mainly for the killing wildlife aspect and the sheer amount of feral cats around.
I'd be cautious in a rural or semi rural area with cats that go out a) because of the risk of injury or death to them but mostly because of b) the risk to native animals from the cats. Personally I'd not have a cat here anywhere unless it was an inside cat or kept confined to my own back yard with proper cat escape proof fencing. I love the native creatures we have in and around our garden and would not want harm to come to them from a cat. I found a young blue tongue the other day with two fresh bite marks in its head. Thankfully survivable but still, a cat or small dog had sunk their teeth in. Not our dog as he doesn't go near them and it was out the front at the time and our dog was inside. Plus even though he is small the bite marks were closer together making me think cat over small dog.
Also far too many skinks and other small creatures I'd want to be sure were left alone. Same with the birds. Plus lots of people here keep dogs in their backyards 24/7 and I'd not want the worry.
Also noticed quite a few locals don't seem overly fussed about cats as pets and tend to view them as vermin. In rural areas they are and I've seen many dead on the side of roads when we've been in the country. There are millions of them living wild.