Smoking is now banned within the school grounds and within four metres of any entrances of all Victorian primary and secondary schools. The new requirement commenced on 13 April 2015 under an amendment to the Tobacco Act 1987 (the Tobacco Act).
The ban applies to independent, Catholic and government schools in Victoria, ensuring a consistent approach across all Victorian schools. A similar ban applies for the entrances and grounds of Victorian child care centres and kindergartens.
Schools are also required to install suitable ‘no smoking’ signs at all entrances to the school premises.
Signs, posters and brochures are available to order free-of-charge from the Tobacco Reforms website. Schools are encouraged to download and print versions of the signs while they wait for their ordered signs.
Enquiries about the new smoking bans may be directed to the Tobacco Control Section of the Department of Health and Human Services at 1300 136 775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.