A REPORT card on harsh anti-graffiti laws will not be published until 2015, with government reviews trailing well behind policy reforms.
This year, the Department of Attorney General and Justice released a report on the NSW Graffiti Control Act, which found graffiti incidents have fallen steadily since 2009.
However, data analysed in the report does not take into account changes to the act, introduced in December 2012, which allow police to impose driver's licence penalties on offenders.
Premier Barry O'Farrell introduced a range of new laws to crack down on graffiti crime, which included a clean-up sentence and extended time spent on learner and provisional licences for young offenders.
Charlestown state MP Andrew Cornwell said despite the review being "outdated", it reflected the old law's narrow scope and was an example of why a reform was called for.
"Though the report is based on laws pre-2012, it highlights why we needed the new law," he said.
"We need to give the new reforms a few years to pass judgment, which is why we're only seeing this report now."
The review states its findings could have been different, had it taken into account the reforms.
More changes to the act were introduced to NSW Parliament two weeks ago, with the O'Farrell government keen to introduce even harsher penalties.
It aims to change the act's wording, no longer referring to an offence as paint or pen but a mark that cannot be readily removed.