Controlling graffiti

Graffiti is vandalism and it impacts on our community both socially and financially. The Broken Window Theory suggests that graffiti that is not removed can attract more graffiti and other forms of criminal behaviour. This can have a negative impact on feeling safe in the community, as well as the potential to have an adverse effect on local businesses and property values in the area.

Reporting and complaints

What you can do

You should report graffiti as soon as you see it.

Who you report the graffiti to depends on the type and location of the graffiti and whether you are the owner of the property vandalised.

Follow the guide below to see who you should contact.

Is it happening now?

No matter who owns the property if you see graffiti happening call Policelink immediately on 131 444 and report what you see. If it is an emergency, contact 000.

Your property?

If you are the owner of the property that has been graffitied you should report it to police directly either by:

  • phone Policelink on 131 444
  • report it online via the Policelink website
  • Photos can be uploaded of the graffiti when reporting online so make sure you have these ready.

Council property?

If you see graffiti on council buildings, property or infrastructure contact Council on 3403 8888. Our Contact Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be reported on Council’s Graffiti removal form. Photos of the graffiti can be uploaded when reporting online.

A large organisation’s property?

If you see graffiti on the property of one of the below organisations report it direction to them on the below numbers:

  • Australia Post: 13 13 18
  • Queensland Rail: 13 16 17
  • Department of Main Roads: 131 947
  • Telstra: 13 22 03
  • TransLink: 13 12 30

Other property/unknown owner/been there for a while?

If you see graffiti but don’t know who the owner of the property is, the owner isn’t listed above or it has been there for a while and has not been removed, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 or online on Council’s Graffiti removal form.

Know someone who is involved in graffiti, or you have seen it occurring in the past, contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Australia on 1800 333 000.

What Council is doing

Brisbane City Council has a zero tolerance for graffiti and a commitment to tackling the social and financial impacts that graffiti has on our community. Council have a range of programs that ensure Brisbane is as graffiti free as possible.

Last updated: 26 November 2021