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Smoke Free Outdoor Areas

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 protects people from passive smoking in certain areas. These rules apply in Wingecarribee Shire. 


Smoke Free Areas


The following areas are to remain smoke free:


  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public spaces (fact sheet, external link)
  • Swimming pool complexes (fact sheet, external link)
  • Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events (fact sheet, external link)
  • Platforms of passenger railways, bus stops and taxi ranks (fact sheet, external link)
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building (fact sheet, external link)
  • All outdoor dining areas (fact sheet, external link).


For more information about these rules contact:


NSW Tobacco Information Line

Telephone: 1800-357-412

Website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree


Report a Breach

If you think an outdoor smoking ban has been broken, report it to:

NSW Health

Telephone: 1800-357-412

Website: Online reporting form (external link)


Council Initiatives


Council's Smoke Free Zone signage In addition to NSW Requirements, Council adopted the rule of no-smoking within 10 metres of Council-owned buildings.


Council's Smoke-free Outdoor Areas Policy (internal link) was adopted by Council on 27 May 2015.


Council's policy aims to raise awareness of and minimise the harmful effects of smoking (including passive smoking or second-hand smoking) on community health, local amenity and the natural environment.


Council encourages the community to get behind this initiative when occupying these smoke-free areas. Signage has been rolled out in order to assist with identification of these areas.


Enforcement and Penalties


NSW Health and Council are relying on general compliance by residents and businesses to keep these public areas smoke-free. NSW Health is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Smoke-free Environment Act (2000).


For those businesses and individuals who fail to comply with these NSW Health rules, the following penalties may apply:


 Location or ActionAuthority
 Max. Penalty
Children's outdoor playground equipment
NSW Health
$550
Public swimming pools
NSW Health
$550
Spectator areas at public sports grounds
NSW Health
$300
Public transport stops and stations
NSW Health
$300
Entrance or exit from a public building
NSW Health
$300
Failure to follow a sign in outdoor smoke-free areasWingecarribee Council$110

For those businesses using Council-managed land for outdoor dining purposes, the licensee of the business is required to ensure the area is smoke free. If there is a breach of licence agreement conditions, Council may issue a written warning or terminate a licence. More information can be found at Smoke-free Outdoor Dining (internal link).


Last Updated: June 23rd, 2016
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