The City of Melbourne is proud of its reputation for supporting lively street culture and greatly values the diversity of entertainment that buskers provide in the public realm.

We are also committed to providing a safe, accessible and culturally sensitive environment for all visitors, workers and residents.

In the context of the our Street Activity Policy 2011, a busker is considered to be an entertainer who is actively providing a public performance in the public space in exchange for a donation.

In 2017 we spoke to stakeholder groups including buskers, residents, traders and the community to gain insights on what could be improved in the Street Activity Policy.

Consultation was delivered through face-to-face stakeholder meetings and an online survey.

From the feedback collected we developed a new Melbourne Busking Handbook, which was launched in April 2019.

The Melbourne Busking Handbook will assist performers, city visitors, businesses and residents to understand the rules for busking while ensuring that safety, access and amenity are maintained. We want to ensure that busking continues to flourish and remains a positive aspect of Melbourne city life.

Past updates


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Stage 1

    City of Melbourne works with targeted groups such as buskers, residents and traders about their insights into the current busking guidelines.

    June to July 2017

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Stage 2

    Insights from community feedback are used to develop updates to the Busking Guidelines.

    July to August 2017

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Stage 3

    Proposed updates to the busking guidelines are presented to council for consideration.

    November 2017

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Stage 4

    Melbourne Busking Handbook launched.

    Early 2019

Read the guidelines

2018 Guidelines

2011 Guidelines

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