Communities and Justice

Review of the Graffiti Control Act 2008

The Graffiti Control Act 2008 (the Act) deals with graffiti offences, the supply of spray paint cans to minors, graffiti removal work by local government and illegal bill posting. The Act was introduced to consolidate all aspects of graffiti law ranging from graffiti offences through to the regulation of the possession and sale of spray paint. 

The Act expanded existing offences relating to spray cans to include all graffiti implements, and improved the enforcement of regulations relating to the sale and display of spray paint cans. The Act also distinguishes graffiti offences from other property offences in order to improve statistics on graffiti and therefore better inform graffiti policy and decision-making.

The legislation requires a review of the Act to determine whether its policy objectives remain valid and if its terms remain appropriate for securing these objectives.

Discussion paper 

The Review of the Graffiti Control Act 2008 Discussion Paper [PDF, 809kb] describes key components of the Act and any known issues with its provisions. The discussion paper includes specific questions for consideration; however, you can also comment on any other issues relevant to the administration of the Act.

Have your say

The Department of Communities and Justice welcomes input from the public, community organisations, local councils and NSW Government agencies. Submissions can be made:

By email to: (with the subject ‘Graffiti Control Act Review’)

By mail to:

Graffiti Control Act Review
Law Enforcement & Crime Policy
Department of Communities and Justice
Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124

Submissions close on 10 February 2020.

For more information about the review or making a submission, please email

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