Healthy living

Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment

Smoking is prohibited near playground equipment in Western Australia

Smoking restrictions put into place on 22 September 2010 prohibit (ban) smoking within 10 m of any children’s playground equipment in Western Australia that is:

  • in a public place or a part of a public place
  • not in an enclosed public place.

This law applies to:

  • local government parks and gardens
  • State owned facilities such as Kings Park
  • children’s playground equipment in hotels, fast food outlets, eateries and sporting venues.

Signs

‘No smoking’ or ‘Smoking prohibited’ signs may be displayed near all children’s playground equipment to make clear that smoking is not permitted within 10 m of this equipment.

Who enforces the smoking ban?

Local governments are mainly responsible for enforcing matters about smoking within 10 m of children’s playground equipment. The laws allow local governments to appoint environmental health officers or additional officers, for example rangers, to assist with enforcement.

Find contact details for local government (external site).

Public support

There has been a very high level of public support for this legislation from the Western Australian public.

Penalties

If you smoke within 10 m of any children’s playground equipment the following penalties (fines) may apply:

  • maximum court imposed penalty – $1000
  • infringement notice – $200.

Translated information about smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment

Amharic – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 100KB)

Arabic
Arabic – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 156KB)

Burmese – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 74KB) 

Chinese simplified
Chinese Simplified – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 100KB)

Chinese traditional 
Chinese Traditional – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 103KB)

Croatian
Croatian – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 131KB) 

Farsi – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 166KB) 

Greek
Greek – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 194KB)

Bahasa Indonesian 
Indonesian – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 57KB)  

Italian - Italiano 
Italian – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 56KB)

Korean 
Korean – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 132KB) 

Portugese – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 58KB)

Spanish - Espanol 
Spanish – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 55KB) 

Swahili – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 54KB) 

Thai
Thai – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 128KB)

Vietnamese 
Vietnamese – Smokefree within 10 metres of playground equipment – fact sheet (PDF 142KB)

More information

Email the Tobacco Control Branch or phone 1300 784 892.

Remember

  • Smoking restrictions ban smoking within 10 metres of any children’s playground equipment in Western Australia.
  • Local governments are mainly responsible for enforcing matters about smoking near playgrounds.

Acknowledgements

Tobacco Control Branch


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