Music and Film

Decibels Youth Music Centre provides low-cost recording and rehearsal facilities, music programs and resources for young people aged 12-25 who are looking to record, rehearse or extend their networking and knowledge of the contemporary music industry.

Decibels Records
Darebin City Council’s Decibels Records program is a youth-led initiative for young people interested in pursuing a career within the music industry.

The year-long program provides opportunities for participants to gain first hand experience in the various elements of establishing, maintaining and being signed to an independent record label.

Applications have now closed for the 2014 Darebin Decibels Artists. 


The FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.

As one of 78 state-wide providers, the FReeZA program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands.

All FReeZA events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.


Every year throughout October, Melbourne’s thriving music community comes together to celebrate songwriting and music at the Darebin Music Feast.

This rich and diverse collection of musical events is built on the philosophy that music brings people together and can be enjoyed by all. Darebin Music Feast 2018 will be taking over venues right across the municipality from 18 - 28 October. Immerse yourself in 11 days of non-stop music, with 120 events across 26 venues. 

Highlights include: an Opening Night Party featuring Alice Skye with the PICAA Choir, Girl Zone, Jesswar and Wahe; Jirrmujina Liyan – a live music event showcasing the greatness and power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;  Sonic aGender – a series of workshops, talks and events that consider the relationship between gender and sound; a massive, free, all ages Closing Party featuring 18 acts across 3 stages including RVG, Jaala and Banoffee; plus a new film program, the annual Songwriters’ Award Grand Final, families programming and heaps more.

Take a journey through Darebin’s prestigious live music venues, experience unique pop-up shows in unexpected spaces or take to stage yourself in one of the many participatory events. With such eclectic offerings, and with a huge number of free, all ages and wheelchair accessible events, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Darebin Music Feast.

For updates and news about this event, and opportunities to be involved, visit the Darebin Music Feast website.


Darebin has a diverse range of locations all within close proximity to the CBD. From inner city period homes to suburban areas and vast parklands, Darebin has proven to be a popular filming location for many films and TV shows.

Filming Permits

Permits are required to film within the City of Darebin municipality to ensure that activities are conducted in accordance with Council’s regulations. A copy of your public liability insurance coverage (minimum of $20,000,000) is also required upon applying. Students are also required to submit a copy of their school’s public liability insurance coverage.


If you want to film in Darebin we suggest you firstly read our Conditions for Filming

Apply for a Filming Permit

To apply for a Permit to film within the City of Darebin municipality, please compete the following steps in order to complete the application form(s) and send it to the contact listed below.

  1. Complete the Filming Permit Application Form
  2. Complete the Filming Addendum Application Form (if required) and a Location Agreement Form
  3. Submit your application.

Filming Permit Fees


Filming permit will incur a $345.00 application fee. No fees apply for student productions.


If you require parking in the area you will be charged a daily rate for each parking bay you occupy.

Commercial Parking Bay - $57.00 per day

Residential Parking Bay - $26.00 per day


Your production company will receove a tax invoice which becomes your permit once payment is made. Paymnet must be made prior to any filming activities taking place. 


 Parks or Gardens

If you require use of a Council owned facility, park, sports ground or other open space, your application will be assessed to ensure it meets our hiring conditions and the location is available. If approved a separate booking fee may apply.

Consent Forms

If you would like Darebin residents to be part of your film you will need to gain consent from each party, including children under 18 years old. 


Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Film Victoria