Not really sure our spiders deserve the flak they get.
No one in Australia has died from a spider bite since 1979. Anti-venom is readily available at hospitals and a lot bites aren't even envenomating.
Funnel webs are pretty rare in Sydney suburban areas and as long as you remember to check inside your shoes before you put them on and don't go digging in the yard without gloves you will avoid them.
Redbacks are bloody everywhere but they're kinda shy. White tails are the real pain in the arse 'cause they like to explore and tend to wander into your house at night.
That said, I've been bitten by Redbacks and once by a white tail spider. The Redback bites made me a slightly nauseated. The white tail just left an itchy bump. Kinda painful though.
Also, spiders are natures fly swatters. I like to keep a few webs set up outside under the roofing just so I can read out there in peace and quiet without having to constantly swat away flies.