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In the NT, there is no specific definition of graffiti, but it can include writing, drawing, marking, scratching or etching any public or private space (including a building, pole, vehicle, etc.).
It depends. Sometimes graffiti can be legal. For example, if you have permission from the owner of the property, you are doing it as part of your work or education, or the space is a legal graffiti space.
BUT, it is against the law to graffiti:
It is also against the law to intentionally or thoughtlessly damage any property that does not belong to you. This can include ruining the appearance of something with graffiti.
Councils can also make rules about graffiti. For example, Darwin City Council has made it against the law to intentionally damage, mark, write or draw on any part of a building, wall or vehicle in the Darwin City area. Check with your local council about any rules in your area.
It depends. There is no law in the NT that makes it illegal to possess a graffiti tool, such as spray paint. However, you should check with your local council about any rules they may have about carrying graffiti tools in your area.
Yes, but only in certain circumstances, like if the police think that you are carrying something that has been used or will be used for illegal activity (like illegal graffiti), and the circumstances are so serious and urgent to justify an immediate search. For more information about Police searches see “When can I be searched?”.
Yes, but only if the police think it is connected to illegal activity, like illegal graffiti. For more information about Police powers to confiscate items see “The police have taken my stuff. Can they do this?”.
If you are under 18, the police may:
If you are caught doing graffiti on a bus or at a bus stop by a transit officer, the transit officer may:
For more information about warnings, cautions, and youth justice conferences, see our page “Youth Justice”.
If you are under 18 and are charged and then found guilty of a graffiti crime, the court may:
For more information about penalties and court hearings, see our page “Courtstuff”.
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