2006 – current Last updated: 20 Jul, 2015

VicHealth has a long history of working with sport and the arts to promote the smokefree message and to create smokefree environments. These remain important elements of all our funded projects.

VicHealth also works closely with Quit to reduce the number of places where people are exposed to harmful substances in tobacco smoke by:

  • supporting legislation to limit smoking in public places
  • helping workplaces and public places wanting to become smokefree
  • establishing VicHealth's healthy environments policy, which maintains a tobacco control focus in its funding agreements.

Legislation on smoke-free environments

Federal law bans smoking in all Australian Commonwealth government buildings, public transport, airports and international and domestic flights.

Further bans are in place but are governed by individual states. Currently all Australian states and territories have banned smoking in enclosed public places, particularly workplaces and restaurants.

Examples of Victorian legislation

  • From 1 April 2014, smoking will be banned at areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.
  • The bans will complement those implemented in December 2012, which prohibit smoking at all Victorian patrolled beaches.
  • Some councils have also introduced local laws that prohibit smoking in public outdoor places, including other beach areas.
  • Since January 2010 it is an offence to smoke in a vehicle where there is a person under the age of 18 present. The ban includes whether the car is moving or not, whether the windows are open or closed, and whether the roof is down or not.
  • A ban on smoking in government school grounds became effective in July 2009.
  • A restriction on smoking in enclosed public places has been in effect since July 2007.
  • In 2006 smoking was banned in covered areas of train station platforms, tram stops and bus stops.