The continuing decline of smoking rates across Victoria demonstrates the success of the state’s robust anti-smoking laws and policies to reduce the widespread harm caused by tobacco.
Recent bans have extended the number of public locations where smoking is banned and where smokers may incur on-the-spot penalties. These include schools and kindergartens, childcare centres, the Parliament of Victoria, public hospitals and registered community health centres, courts, police stations and certain Victorian Government buildings.
Smoking is also prohibited within 10 metres of outdoor recreational areas where children play, including playgrounds, skate parks, public swimming pools, and sporting venues during under-18s events.
This page also contains Information for businesses and the community about other smoke-free areas and the laws relating to the sale, display and advertising of tobacco products.
It lists locations and events where smoking is banned, and includes factsheets, signage and other resources for the owners and operators of public facilities.
Ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas to start in 2017
On 23 August 2015, the Victorian Government announced that smoking will be banned in outdoor dining areas from 1 August 2017. The proposed ban will cover all outdoor dining areas at restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licenced premises.
Smoke-free dining will protect the community from second-hand smoke, and make Victoria’s diverse and unique dining culture better for all. Research shows 73 per cent of Victorians support the introduction of a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas.
Consultation will start soon with key stakeholders including the hospitality industry, small business, local government, public health bodies and government agencies. The consultation process will inform development of the legislation, including practical considerations and issues. The Victorian approach will also learn from the experience of other Australian states and territories in introducing similar bans.
The announcement is being made now, to give businesses sufficient time to plan and adjust. The Government is committed to working with our pubs, restaurants, cafés and all affected businesses to ensure a smooth transition to smoke-free dining. The Tobacco Reforms website will be kept updated during the legislative development process.
Have your say
The Victorian Government is committed to consulting widely before implementing the new ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas. To contribute your views, please send an email to the Tobacco Control Section in the Department of Health & Human Services to firstname.lastname@example.org.