Under Victoria’s Tobacco Act 1987, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed workplaces and certain public spaces where members of the public gather and may be exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke. Smoke-free areas:

  • protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
  • make smoking in the community less acceptable - the less people see smoking in public places the less they will tend to think it is okay, rather than harmful
  • support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking.

The latest amendments to the Tobacco Act have extended the areas where smoking is banned across Victoria. These smoke-free areas now include:

  • entrances to indoor children’s play centres, public hospitals and registered community health centres, and certain Victorian Government buildings
  • the grounds of, and entrances to, childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary and secondary schools
  • outdoor recreational areas, including playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during under-age sporting events
  • outdoor areas of public swimming pools
  • patrolled beaches
  • enclosed workplaces
  • train stations, tram-stop platforms and tram and bus shelters
  • under-age music or dance events.

Contact details

Contact details

  • Tobacco Information Line

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For information about tobacco control in Victoria

    • Telephone Number:1300 136 775