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Early childhood education and care facilities

From 1 September 2016, smoking is banned at early childhood education and care facilities and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries.

Early childhood education and care facilities are defined as:

  • Approved education and care services under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011
  • Queensland approved education and care services under the Education and Care Services Act 2013.

The smoking ban applies at all times—during and after service hours, on weekends and during school holidays.

Family day care

Where an early childhood and education care facility is also a residential premises the law does not apply when the facility is not being used to provide an early childhood education and care service.

The smoking ban includes the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes.

 

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Schools

From 1 January 2015, smoking is banned at all Queensland state and non-state schools, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries.

The law applies at all times-during and after school hours, on weekends and during school holidays. It includes the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes.

Smoking is banned at state and non-state schools, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries.

School land is defined as land on which a:

  • state school provides education programs under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
  • non-state school provides primary education, secondary education or special education under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2011
  • state or non-state school provides other educational facilities, instruction or activities, for example, sports grounds, and including land that is owned or leased by the school.

The law applies at all times—during and after school hours, on weekends and during school holidays.  The smoking ban includes the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes.

Five metre buffer zone

The buffer zone is a no-smoking area around the perimeter of schools and early childhood education and care facilities. The buffer zone extends for 5 metres beyond the facility land boundary. This area does not extend into residential or business premises that share a boundary with school land.

Enforcement

If you wish to report a breach of these tobacco laws, contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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Last updated: 18 August 2016

Find out more

Call 13 QGOV (13 7468) for:

  • information about Queenslands existing tobacco laws
  • reporting possible breaches of the legislation for further investigation
  • help for tobacco retailers and liquor licensed venue managers to understand and comply with the laws
  • information about current fines and penalties
  • free copies of signs and forms required by legislation.