Graffiti in Victoria

Graffiti in Victoria

Wednesday, 20th January 2021

It is illegal in Victoria to mark graffiti on property without the owner's consent. In Victoria, state and local governments deal with graffiti through prevention, removal and enforcement.

Graffiti prevention measures aim to reduce opportunities for offending and encourage ownership and observation of areas by the community as a means of discouraging vandalism.

Graffiti prevention measures councils and communities may consider include:

  • education and diversionary programs to help raise people’s awareness of the impacts of illegal graffiti and the legal and other consequences of engaging in graffiti vandalism
  • support for community groups interested in addressing graffiti, including adopt-a-space and care-for-an-area projects
  • planting trees or other vegetation to make graffiti-prone walls more difficult to access and less attractive to offenders
  • applying anti-graffiti coatings to make removal easier and walls less appealing to offenders
  • creating legal community art programs or initiatives, including installing community murals to deter offenders and improve streetscapes.

Call 000 to report graffiti in progress.

If your property is marked by graffiti, report it to your local police station.

If you have information on illegal graffiti offences, contact your local police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You can provide information to Crime Stoppers without giving your details.


Source: Caitlin Fraser