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Film & Photography

Trains, stations and other parts of the railway are popular subjects for filming and photography. At Metro, our top priority is ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers and staff. The following guidelines and procedures are in place to allow safe and effective filming and photography of Melbourne’s rail network without compromising the service Metro delivers.

Community Filming and Photography Guidelines

If you are seeking to capture images or footage which includes and is not limited to a professional production or student project, you will need a permit.

Filming and photography should be scheduled outside morning and evening peak travel periods and avoid the busiest CBD and major interchange stations where possible. It is also best to avoid stations or dates impacted by special events where more passengers will need to access the network. When this is unavoidable, each application is subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

The following directions must be observed on the network to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. At all times, you must abide by these guidelines and take direction from railway staff.

• When at the station, ensure everyone remains behind the yellow line
• Always mind the gap between the train and the platform
No artificial lighting can be directed toward oncoming trains
• Any filming or photography on trains cannot be conducted during peak travel
Tripods cannot be used at a railway station without a Metro permit
• Activities should not impede customer traffic or delay train services
• You cannot capture images on board a train without a Metro permit
• You cannot capture images of rail staff unless you have their expressed
• Respect the wishes of those passengers who ask not to be filmed or
• Be safe, all filming and photography is undertaken at your own risk.

Before you begin your application, be advised that any of the following is prohibited on the Metro rail network:

• Activity that disruptions or creates inconvenience for Metro passengers, staff, tenants, neighbours or the general public.
• Activity in the air space directly above the train and station including filming and photography involving aircraft and helicopters.
• Activity that requires excavation work.
• Use of pyrotechnics, dangerous or flammable substances and weapons (including spear guns, firearms and explosives).
• Production of film or photography with subject matter that is likely to be considered sensitive or offensive. This includes nudity, offensive language, violence, drug use, anti-social behaviour or political or racial content.
• Production of film or photography that may diminish the reputation of public transport or the public transport system in Victoria.
• Production of film or photography to be used to promote a political party, parties or a political cause.
• Production of film or photography that promotes or relates to alcohol or gambling.

If your proposed filming and photography does not include any of the above, please complete the application form. Please allow up to two weeks for processing.

Filming and photography application form

Southern Cross Station enquiries should be made directly here.

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