While Public Health prefers to educate rather than punish patrons or business owners, tobacco control and environmental health officers do fine patrons smoking in outdoor dining areas.
The authorisation to issue fines under the Public Health Act 1997 also extends to Local Government environmental health officers and police officers.
However, evidence shows nearly all smokers willingly comply with these public health laws.
Outdoor dining venues can install additional no smoking signs if they are concerned to make these laws clearer, particularly to interstate visitors.
Please report breaches of outdoor dining laws to the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
For help to quit smoking call the 24-hour Quitline on 13 78 48.
28 October 2013