Smoking in public areas

Under Victoria's Tobacco Act 1987 (the Tobacco Act), smoking is prohibited in all enclosed workplaces and certain public spaces where members of the public gather and may be exposed to second-had tobacco smoke.

Smoke-free outdoor dining areas

From 1 August 2017, amendments to the Tobacco Act 1987 ban smoking at all outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption.  This includes:

  • premises such as restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining
  • food fairs
  • other organised outdoor events, including community or street festivals

Smoke-free areas

In recent years amendments to the Tobacco Act have extended to include Smoke-free areas such as:

  • 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, 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
  • enclosed workplaces
  • train stations, tram-stop platforms and tram and bus shelters
  • under-age music or dance events.