Thank you to everyone who shared their views on the proposed amendments to the Activities Local Law 2009.


Thank you to everyone who shared their views on the proposed changes to the local law.

As well as formal submission made in accordance with the statutory public notice requirements, we also received a large amount of feedback through our online survey and face-to-face consultation sessions with people who are experiencing homelessness, our Homelessness Advisory Committee, businesses, disability groups, and homelessness service providers.

What happens next?

All of the submissions and feedback received up to, and including, 17 March 2017, will be considered by the Submissions (Section 223) Committee (Committee). The Committee will formally meet on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 3pm in the Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne, to hear any person who indicated in their written submission that they wish to address the Committee.

The Committee is scheduled to meet again at 3pm on 6 April 2017 to hear any submissions that could not be heard on 30 March 2017.

The Committee will then determine the recommendation it will put to Council for them to consider.

The Submissions (Section 223) Committee is an advisory committee of Council. This means it cannot make any decisions; it can only make recommendations to Council. The membership of the Committee comprises senior officers of the Council. Councillors are not members of the Committee. Meetings of the Committee are open to members of the public.

March 17, 2017

Key information

The 2016 StreetCount recorded an increase of 74 per cent in Melbourne’s homeless population in two years. We do not believe that sleeping on the street is an acceptable alternative for anyone and we are doing everything we can to help people find suitable housing.

However, we have also seen an increase in the number of concerns from the community – including disability groups – around amenity, pedestrian flow, and aggressive begging. Concerns received increased from 52 in 2014 to 630 in 2016. In addition, our officers routinely remove an average of 150kg of unattended belongings per week.

The City of Melbourne has endorsed proposed amendments to the Activities Local Law 2009 that will enable us to better balance the needs of all people who share public space in our city.

The penalty for camping in public places has not changed. However, we have proposed a penalty for leaving items unattended in a public place.

Members of the public are invited to read the documents in Document Library and share their views on the proposed amendments to the Activities Local Law 2009.