Wyndham City encourages activation of our public spaces – music and public performance are a key part of this activity.
There are some things to consider when performing in public space. This ensures that your performance is safe for the performer, the public and local community or business activities.
The Busking in Our City Guidelines outline your responsibilities as well as the local laws that apply to performing in a public space, also known as busking.
To apply for a permit to busk in Wyndham, click here.
What is Busking?
A busker is considered to be a person performing in a public place who is:
- playing an instrument or multiple instruments, both conventional or self-constructed, performing music or other creative performance
- engaged in a dance routine
- engaged in other forms of public performance such as circus, street theatre, mime, statue or spoken word
These criteria apply whether the busker is accepting money or not. Buskers may sell merchandise of their own work.
You need a busking permit to perform in public space – this permit can be obtained by making an online application. To make an online application you need to complete the online Busking in our City form.
Please note a complete application includes a quality test - please read the guidelines carefully before you apply.
Once your complete application is received and approved a permit will be issued to you via email within 10 business days. Applications from performers that hold a current busking permit with the City of Melbourne will be approved by Wyndham City. Applicants that are not approved will receive an email advising them of the outcome within 10 business days.
Outdoor performance is permitted under current DHHS guidelines and busking permit applications will be accepted.
All performers including sole traders operating a business must have their own COVIDSafe Plan that addresses infection control and management for their type of art/performance practice. These plans must comply with DHHS guidelines for COVIDSafe plans.
For advice and guidance on COVIDSafe plans, please refer to DHHS: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-plan
You can access Wyndham’s COVIDSafe Guidance for Busking.
For further information about Victoria’s current restrictions please refer to DHHS.
If you require further assistance, please contact email@example.com
Busking in Werribee City Centre
Werribee City Centre has a number of spots suitable for busking. Buskers are no longer required to pre-book a spot or notify Council of their intent to busk in Werribee. If a spot is already in use by another busker, permit holders may proceed to another available appropriate spot for busking.
Performances are limited to a total of two hours at a time at any one site. Buskers may return to the same site provided a one hour break has been allowed. Buskers are permitted to perform at the same site for only two sessions per day.
Buskers are required to carry their Wyndham City Council busking permit with them when busking in Wyndham and to be prepared to show their permit and Covid-safe plan if requested by an authorised officer.
Please refrain from placing speakers directly facing shops or at shop entrances.
Questions, comments or feedback regarding busking can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Buskers wishing to access other public spaces in Werribee for performances or community activities should contact Vibrant City Centres by email email@example.com or by phone on 9742 0905.
Busking in Point Cook Town Centre
Buskers wishing to busk in Point Cook Town Centre should report to the Point Cook Town Centre (Stocklands) Customer Service Desk prior to busking.
Buskers then leave their contact details with Stocklands staff and will need to show a current busking permit from Wyndham City Council and carry their COVIDSafe plan.
Busking Elsewhere in Wyndham
Busking on privately owned or managed land should be negotiated directly with the owner or management. A busking permit from Wyndham City will need to be obtained and carried while busking.
Performers, individuals and private landowners who would like to suggest potential busking spots can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a location.