Smoking & tobacco

We work in collaboration with the Victorian Government to reduce the incidence of smoking in the community.

We administer service agreements with councils to undertake tobacco control activities identified and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. We also advocate on behalf of councils in respect of statutory and administrative requirements set by the Victorian Government and other agencies.


The strong partnership between the MAV, councils and the Department of Health and Human Services enables councils to undertake education and enforcement activities with thousands of tobacco retailers, eating establishments and licensed premises in relation to the provisions of the Tobacco Act 1987 .

Service agreements have been operating since 2000 when smoking was first banned in restaurants across Victoria. Nearly $1.4 million was provided to councils in 2021-22.

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Quit Victoria Smokefree Guide for Councils (PDF - 307.6KB) can assist councils with the development of Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans, as well as COVID Reactivation or Recovery Plans. It includes suggested actions that councils can take to further reduce tobacco harm by extending outdoor smoke-free areas to maximise public amenity and safety.

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