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    Shooting in Melbourne

    Hi all,

    I'm becoming more interested in photography but have mostly been looking at the work of others rather than taking my own photos. I'd like to get out and shoot more but am a bit apprehensive about the rules and regulations for using a tripod in the city. As I understand it, you need a permit to use one in the city. Anyone know if this absurd rule is actually enforced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krolik22 View Post
    ...Anyone know if this absurd rule is actually enforced?
    I don't know if it is actually enforced but more importantly it can be dangerous to use a tripod anywhere there is foot traffic, they are difficult to see and easy to trip over. Employ common sense and only use a tripod where it's actually safe to do so.

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    You absolutely definitely do not need a permit to use a tripod in the city.

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    By the way, welcome to APUG.

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    I'm with Kevin on this, and have chatted to the Melbourne City Council Film & Television office in years past to clarify this. You absolutely do not need a permit to use a tripod in the city!!

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    Thanks. Was hoping that might be the case.

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    You only need a permit for commercial shoots. AU has some very strong decisions from the high court affirming your right to take photos in public.

    Not blocking thoroughfares is just common sense.

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    If your tripod trips up somebody, expect trouble.. I suggest you wear a hi-vis vest to make your presence known in a maelstrom of teeming, seething mass of humanity that is Melbourne city.

    Also expect stickybeaks are annoying types that think nothing of asserting their right to use the footpath ahead of 'obstacles' like photographers — but you might also equally attract just the curious who want to know what you are photographing (next minute, they pull out their mini-digi and peer over your shoulder to photograph the same scene...). I don't really think you need to bring it up with Council (Melbourne City Council) unless you are a professional and will be causing some obvious disruption to public movement, in which case there are permits, fees, insurance and pedestrian traffic control to be considered). The place to avoid putting a tripod is early in the morning and evening peak on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, again at Bourke/Swanston Streets — it's simply too chaotic. Have your wits about you, use common sense (don't splay the tripod with its legs way out where it causes obvious interference and obstruction) and keep yourself very visible.
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    I wonder if Australia is as litigation addicted as the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    I wonder if Australia is as litigation addicted as the US.
    Not in most aspects of life.

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