Smoking Policy

Smoking Ban in Spectator Areas of ports Grounds

Smoking is now banned in NSW in spectator areas of all sports grounds during organised sport events.
The new legislation applies to all sports grounds whether Council, Public or Privately owned and operated.

For further information view the NSW Department of Health Smoking Ban Factsheet


NSW Health Authorised Inspectors conduct regular compliance monitoring and enforcement activity, including issuing cautions or on the spot fines of $300 to people seen to be breaching outdoor smoking bans.

Authorised Inspectors also provide education to members of the public on smoking bans and work with property and building owners to display smoke-free signage and remove butt bins, where appropriate.

If you think a smoking ban has been broken, please let us know by completing the online reporting form.

No-smoking signage at sports grounds is not compulsory however FNSW recommends that No Smoking signs be displayed at grounds and venues to assist in the awareness of the new regulations and to assist with compliance.

No Smoking information should also be included in newsletters, websites and event information.

Some Councils prohibit smoking at all Council owned sports grounds and premises through Council policies.
Contact your local Council if your club is unsure of the local Council policies applicable to your grounds.

The FFA National Member Protection No Smoking Regulation applies to all levels of football:
a) No smoking shall occur at or near any sporting event or competition involving persons under the age of 18, and this Policy applies to all coaches, players, trainers, officials and volunteers.
b) Social functions shall be smoke free, with smoking permitted at designated outdoor smoking areas;
c) Coaches, officials, trainers, volunteers and players will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free
while involved in an official capacity for any Governing Body, Club or Representative tea, on and off the

For more information visit the:

Football NSW website
NSW Health Department Website
• Or phone the NSW Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412
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