Very different indeed, Di.
We occasionally get snakes in suburban backyards here and the advice from the rangers is that in most cases they are just passing through and all you need to do is wait. Otherwise, they will come out and remove them.
We meet them regularly when out walking, but they are always more scared of us than we of them. I've seen a few browns give 'warning strikes' to dogs and they always instinctively backed off so the snakes had a chance to slither away.
I know dog owners who never allow their dogs to run through long grass in snake season here, but I think the chance of them getting bitten by stepping on one is so small that I don't want to resort to that. And of course we have dozens of vets nearby and two hospitals.