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Wipe out graffiti

Help wipe out graffiti by reporting it online or by calling the hotline on 07 5667 5974.

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Graffiti

City officer removing graffiti from a wall

Graffiti is not only unsightly and expensive to remove, it is also a crime of wilful damage under the Queensland Criminal Code Act (s469).

We are committed to removing and preventing graffiti in our city, but we need your help to do it.

Report graffiti

Let’s wipe out graffiti together. You report it. We remove it – it’s that easy!

Our graffiti removal teams can remove graffiti from City and Energex property, and from private property boundaries (where the graffiti is accessible from public land).

To report graffiti:

Report non-offensive graffiti

The City has a rapid graffiti removal policy and will remove graffiti within five (5) business days of it being reported, or one (1) business day if it is offensive. For offensive graffiti, please call the Graffiti Hotline so we can remove it urgently. The City of Gold Coast mobile app, Graffiti Hotline and online reporting form are designed for reporting non-emergency issues.

Please note: The City does not require written consent of property owners prior to removing publicly visible graffiti that is accessible from public land, for example a footpath or park.

Free graffiti removal kits

Graffiti removal kits are available from City customer service centres to assist in removing graffiti from your home or business. The graffiti removal kit contains items that will help you remove graffiti safely, including graffiti removal spray. The kits are designed to assist in the removal of tags or small amounts of graffiti. 

If you have information about a graffiti offence, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Anonymity is guaranteed and cash rewards  may be available for information leading to an arrest.

Report graffiti on other property

Location Who to contact Contact details
  • Sound barrier fences.
  • Concrete dividing fences.
  • Traffic signal boxes on main roads and motorways.
Department of Transport and Main Roads 07 5563 6600
  • Red street mail boxes.
  • Yellow express post mail boxes.
  • Large mail holding boxes.
Australia Post 13 13 18
  • Phone boxes.
  • Concrete cylindrical pillars and rim boxes.
Telstra 13 22 03
  • Within the rail corridor.
Queensland Rail 1800 643 443

Graffiti prevention

You can help us wipe out graffiti by taking measures to prevent it.

Graffiti can be prevented in a number of ways – through rapid removal, physical measures (including landscaping and lighting) and early intervention programs with young people, as well as offender apprehension partnerships with the police.

Prevent it

You can make your home or business less attractive to graffiti vandals in a number of ways including restricting access by planting vegetation in front of walls and fences to reduce the canvas for vandals, and by using landscaping instead of fencing.

Graffiti vandals like smooth surfaces, so walls and fences made using textured and uneven materials, as well as mesh, grilles and lattices are less prone to graffiti. Painting in darker colours can also prevent graffiti unlike lighter colours which can attract it.

Ensure easy graffiti repair by using impervious, easy-to-clean surfaces such as tiles and polished masonry.

Anti-graffiti coatings can also prevent graffiti from being absorbed. Apply to a minimum height of three (3) metres.

For more information about graffiti prevention view our graffiti prevention guide.

Legal walls

Photo: Painter painting over graffiti on a wall

A 'legal wall' is a designated space for the application of graffiti marks or 'tags'.

A number of international and local trials have shown that they are not effective in helping to prevent graffiti and in fact, legal walls can:

  • attract vandals into an area
  • provide them with an excuse for possessing spray paint cans
  • make it difficult for police to lay charges for graffiti-related offences.

Tagging usually spreads beyond the legal wall to surrounding areas, and competition for space can lead to intimidation and violence.

For these reasons, there are no legal walls in the City's public open spaces.

However, the City will consider using urban art at key hotspots as a graffiti prevention strategy

Urban art

Urban art differs from legal walls in that they are subject to public art approval processes. Urban art can prevent graffiti, improve visual amenity and facilitate community pride. Urban art is a form of public art and includes murals, digitally printed ‘wraps’, projections and other applied treatments.

If you are interested in urban art opportunities, contact us via email at cultural@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Watch our graffiti prevention video.

Graffiti Prevention Education Program

Graffiti Prevention Education Program

The Graffiti Prevention Education Program is a curriculum aligned resource which aims to educate young people about the personal, community and environmental consequences of graffiti.

The Graffiti Prevention Education program materials feature 14 ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for students from Foundation to Year 12. This information is also available at the Queensland State Schools' ‘Learning Place’.

For enquiries and support with this program please contact our Community Safety, Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6074 or email communitysafety@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

This project was funded under a grant from the Australian Government.

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Volunteer Graffiti removal program

City of Gold Coast has a Volunteer Graffiti Removal Program.

The Program provides community groups with tools, training and support to remove graffiti from a limited number of locations around the Gold Coast.

Groups wishing to take part in the Program can complete the Expression of Interest form to nominate themselves and potential graffiti removal sites. Groups must be pre-approved, have adequate insurance and be willing to follow set processes and procedures.

View the Expression of Interest form below

View a short film about the induction

If you have any queries about the program or expression of interest process, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on telephone 07 5581 6642 or email communitysafety@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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