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Community Health and Safety

Public Outdoor Areas

Since 7 January 2013, following the amendment to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking has been banned in a number of public outdoor areas, including:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in an outdoor public place;
  • In open areas of swimming pool complexes;
  • In spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events;
  • At public transport stops and stations, including the area where people gather or queue to wait for the bus, taxi, or light rail; and
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.

The new laws focus on selecting public outdoor settings that are often frequented by children and families, or can be crowded, or where people have limited opportunity to avoid second hand smoke.

Public Outdoor Areas

Since 7 January 2013, following the amendment to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking has been banned in a number of public outdoor areas, including: Within 10 metres...

Commercial Outdoor Dining Areas

Since 6 July 2015, smoking is also banned in commercial outdoor dining areas including: A seated dining area – an area in which seating is provided and in which food tha...

Fact Sheets

A range of fact sheets explaining the new laws are now available:

Community Health and Safety

Public Outdoor Areas

Since 7 January 2013, following the amendment to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking has been banned in a number of public outdoor areas, including:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in an outdoor public place;
  • In open areas of swimming pool complexes;
  • In spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events;
  • At public transport stops and stations, including the area where people gather or queue to wait for the bus, taxi, or light rail; and
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.

The new laws focus on selecting public outdoor settings that are often frequented by children and families, or can be crowded, or where people have limited opportunity to avoid second hand smoke.

Public Outdoor Areas

Since 7 January 2013, following the amendment to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking has been banned in a number of public outdoor areas, including: Within 10 metres...

Commercial Outdoor Dining Areas

Since 6 July 2015, smoking is also banned in commercial outdoor dining areas including: A seated dining area – an area in which seating is provided and in which food tha...

Fact Sheets

A range of fact sheets explaining the new laws are now available: