New smoking bans within outdoor dining areas will likely take effect in Victoria as of 1st August 2017. From the VCGLR Website:
‘The Victorian Government has announced it will ban smoking in outdoor dining areas from 1 August 2017. The proposed ban will cover all outdoor dining areas at restaurants, cafes, take aways and licensed premises.
Consultation with health experts, local governments, businesses and the community will be undertaken by the government to inform the legislation to be introduced into Parliament in 2016.
Community support for smoke-free outdoor dining continues to rise, with the latest Cancer Council Victoria research showing 73 per cent of Victorians support the ban. The new ban aims to protect the community from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, reduce the visibility of smokers and de-normalise smoking for young people.
Smoking bans are enforced by local governments, and individuals caught smoking face on-the-spot fines of $152, with a maximum penalty of $758.
For further information about the consultation process please visit the Tobacco reforms page on the Department of Health and Human Services website.’
As these legislative changes will effect licensees, it is important that you keep up to date with these changes.