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Graffiti Prevention and
Management Policy 2019
Policy aim and objectives
The aim of this policy is to provide a coordinated approach to reducing the incidence of
unauthorised graffiti and work towards enhancing the appearance, character and experience
of Brimbank public spaces.
The objectives of this policy are to:
Distinguish between various forms of graffiti.
(a) Outline Council's roles and approaches to graffiti prevention and
Definition of terms
Graffiti – any writing, painting, poster or other defacement applied to any surface
without the prior consent of the owner
. This may come in the form of tagging, throw
ups (bubble-style lettering), stencils, posters (paste-ups) and pieces or murals;
however illegal graffiti more commonly includes tagging and throw-up forms.
Offensive Graffiti – Graffiti that could be offensive to particular members of the
general public or discriminates against any person or group. This may include any
obscene, racist, political or religious graffiti.
Highly Visible Graffiti – Graffiti visible from a public place, usually located within high
use areas such as activity centres and therefore more likely to have a significant
impact to public amenity.
Accessible Graffiti – Graffiti present on private property façades/ frontages which
does not require entering the property for the graffiti to be removed. The Graffiti
Prevention Act 2007 outlines the specific circumstances in which Council is permitted
to enter private property for the purpose of graffiti removal.
Murals – generally more complex, large scale work involving a high degree of
artistry. Murals are typically legal pieces and are usually led by a professional artist.
Public Art – Public art is a place-based creative practice. It can be manifested
through a wide selection of media and artistic approaches, including but not limited
to painting, sculpture, integrated design, lighting, digital media, performance,
soundscapes, installation and landform.
Notice to Comply – Where there is a breach of Council's General Local Law 2018,
clause 8.1, an authorised officer may serve a Notice to comply on the person who is
in breach of the Local Law and/or carry out works to ensure compliance and in some
instances, recover the cost incurred to Council to conduct the rectification works.
Authorised Officer – a person appointed by Council under section 224 and/or 224A of
the Local Government Act.

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Policy statement and principles
Council recognises that effective prevention and management of unauthorised graffiti will
help enhance the appearance, character and experience of Brimbank public spaces.
Where possible, Council will seek to employ strategies to prevent graffiti from occurring in
the first instance. Where graffiti removal is required, Council will follow a determined
procedure for responding to reports of graffiti on Council assets, public, private and
commercial property in Brimbank.
Council's approach to graffiti prevention and management will be guided by the following
Rapid response to removal
Rapid response to graffiti removal is an effective strategy for providing an immediate
improvement to public amenity and perceptions of safety. It can also have benefit in
discouraging reapplication of graffiti to the site. In addition to this, Council recognises
the importance of prioritising the removal of offensive and highly visible graffiti in public
places and monitors hot spot areas to ensure rapid removal wherever possible.
Environmental design
Environmental design can be used as a tool to deter and prevent graffiti, as well as
improving overall amenity. For instance, preventative measures to deter graffiti may
include applying anti-graffiti coatings and installing vertical plants or stencil art along
fences to prevent access to graffiti. The installation of authorised murals, in particular a
youth engagement process in the development of murals, at sites where graffiti is more
prevalent may reduce the impact of graffiti at these sites and deter further graffiti.
Place Management
Place management can be described as 'the process of making places better'
. The
presence of graffiti in public places, especially alongside other factors, can create a
perception of neglect and that crime and disorder is prevalent. Place management
involves a range of approaches to enhance public spaces which may include public realm
improvements, partnership activities with traders/ businesses/ community, public art
installation and activation initiatives. It can help establish the overall identity of a place
and a sense of community pride.
Community support
Council may offer support to assist residents and local businesses to manage graffiti on
their private property. This may include the provision of graffiti removal vouchers,
arranging for commissioned mural art works, or other negotiated responses.
Specific requirements
The Graffiti Prevention Act 2007 (the Act) outlines the laws and penalties for graffiti
vandalism. Enforcement of graffiti offenders lies within the role of Victoria Police and
is conducted in accordance to the Act. Council also has a responsibility to ensure
compliance with the Act.
Under the General Local Law 2018, Council has a responsibility to compel property
owners to maintain their assets to appropriate standards. Council can enforce owners
of property with 'unsightly' graffiti that is detrimental to the amenity of the
neighborhood to remove the graffiti. This is determined by the Authorised Officer.

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Council officers to refer to the internal Graffiti Removal Procedure that outlines the
process for removal of graffiti from various assets.
Related Documents
Graffiti Removal Procedure (internal)
Brimbank General Local Law 2018
Brimbank Community Safety Strategy 2015-2019
Brimbank Youth Strategy 2015-2019
Brimbank Public Art Policy and Plan 2018-2022
Brimbank Cultural Strategy 2018-2022
History of amendment
Rev Review date
Reason for amendment
Next review date
Approved by Council
Select date
A 12/07/2011
New format
B 13/12/2011
Policy review
C 12/05/2012
Policy review
D 01/07/2018
Policy review
Approved by council:
Date approved by council: 16 July 2019
i Brimbank General Local Law 2018
As defined in the Brimbank Public Art Policy & Plan 2018-2023. Public art projects including murals are assessed via the
Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee.
iii Website: [visited March 2019]