Removal of Illegal Graffiti Vandalism

Graffiti vandalism includes all unauthorised defacement of public and private infrastructure and assets.

TCCS and removal contractors work closely to remove vandalism from government assets. Graffiti 'hotspots' are inspected weekly and the graffiti vandalism is removed from public property within five days of reporting or within one day if it is offensive.

To report graffiti vandalism call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or fill out the Fix My Street form.

Removing graffiti from private property

Although the ACT Government removes graffiti from public property, they are not responsible for the removal of graffiti from private property, such as fences, even when the graffiti faces public land. This is determined by the Common Boundaries Act 1981, and is applied throughout the ACT.

If you would like to remove graffiti from your property, some methods you could use include:

  • painting over it
  • planting trees or plants along a fence to create a barrier
  • spraying with a high pressure hose
  • applying a paint solvent before scrubbing off
  • using a graffiti removal product from your local hardware store
  • applying methylated spirits to some surfaces including, plastic garbage bins, steel and aluminium, footpaths and besser blocks - scrub and wash off thoroughly.

There are also a number of local businesses who can help. Simply visit the Yellow Pages website and search 'graffiti removals'.

Illegal Graffiti Vandalism

Graffiti vandalism includes all unauthorised defacement of public and private infrastructure and assets.

The ACT Government will support the Australian Federal Policy (AFP), as appropriate, in the planning, implementation and evaluation of surveillance or other measures to deter, identify, apprehend and/or prosecute graffiti offenders.

Graffiti is an offence under Section 120 of the Crimes Act 1900 which states that a person commits an offence if the person -

  1. makes a mark with chalk, paint or any other material on private premises; and
  2. does not have the consent of -
    1. if the premises are occupied - the occupier or person in charge of the premises; or
    2. if the premises are not occupied - the owner or person in charge of the premises.

The same penalty applies if a person makes a mark with chalk, paint or any other material on public property. The maximum penalty for both offences is $1,000.

Graffiti busters

Graffiti busters

Would you like to meet new people and help neighbourhoods across Canberra by removing illegal graffiti painted on fences or walls?

A new Graffiti Buster volunteer program has been developed to give Canberrans the opportunity to help remove illegal graffiti from private assets. Research has shown that prompt and persistent removal of illegal graffiti is an effective way in discouraging repeat vandalism by not only reducing the recognition which vandals desire but also indicates the area is being monitored.

Meeting in a pre-determined location, volunteers will paint over graffiti from private fences, which the owner will have already given their permission to paint.

Materials needed to remove the graffiti will be provided including paint, brushes as well as safety items including masks, gloves and high visibility vests. It’s a great chance to meet your neighbours and have fun while having a positive impact on your community.

Initially, the program will focus on removing graffiti from residential fences in the Kambah district. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Graffiti Management Coordinator on 02 6207 5959 or email TCCS.CPPMP-P@act.gov.au.

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