Graffiti is wilful damage under Queensland law.
In response to community concern about graffiti, the Queensland State Government introduced graffiti specific legislation giving local councils and government the power to rapidly remove graffiti.
The Summary Offences Act 2005 was amended in 2008 to give Queensland councils and government powers to remove graffiti that is visible to the public. This extends to both public and private places. For example, publicly visible graffiti on the side of a privately owned building, can now be removed by council or government officers acting in accordance with the legislation. More Information can be found on the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Removal Powers site.
The Queensland Police Service offers information on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and training for local councils and community groups on ways to reduce crime, including graffiti offences, through changes to the urban environment.
For more information on graffiti prevention visit the following links: