Graffiti is writing, drawing, marking, scratching or defacing property in a way that cannot be removed by a dry cloth.
Tough graffiti laws in Victoria give police and Protective Service Officers (PSO’s) special powers to search, arrest, fine or charge you. Penalties can range from on-the-spot fines to imprisonment. Graffiti is a crime if it is done on property without permission from the owner.
Marking offensive graffiti is a crime, whether or not you have permission from the owner of the property. “Offensive” means it would offend a reasonable person.
Graffiti is damaging or making a mark on property in a way that cannot be wiped away easily with a dry cloth. It can include writing, drawing, marking or scratching a building or a vehicle.
Graffiti laws in Victoria give police and protective services officers (PSOs) special powers to search you, fine you and charge you with criminal offences.