Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.

Do you need to comply?

No, but effective graffiti management may be important for your school.

Conditions of compliance

Incidents of graffiti vandalism in schools can take many forms, such as personalised graffiti directed at staff members or particular students, or tag graffiti. In all cases, graffiti vandalism should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

The following steps may be useful in preventing graffiti in your school:

  • Encourage a climate of respect and pride in the school and its resources amongst students and staff.
  • Promote a sense of civic responsibility amongst staff and students.
  • Encourage respect for other people and their property.
  • Restrict the possession and use of spray paint, marker pens, white-out implements, etc.
  • Restrict access to school premises during non-school hours.
  • Supervise and monitor areas where graffiti vandalism is most likely to occur (e.g. change rooms and toilets).
  • Regularly monitor classrooms (walls, desks, chairs, noticeboards and windows) and report any graffiti vandalism so that it can be removed as soon as possible.


These steps could be taken in dealing with graffiti vandalism:
  • Quick removal
  • Photographing instances of graffiti vandalism
  • Keeping school staff informed by showing staff photographs of tags and raising awareness of the nature of graffiti
  • Educating students about the damage done by graffiti.

There may be occasions where the incidence of graffiti requires police involvement.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

Your school’s reputation and physical appearance could be damaged because of graffiti vandalism.

ISV contacts

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
Head of Innovation
Ph. 03 9825 7275

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