The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke-free areas in and around the city.

The smoke-free areas project began with a smoke-free pilot in one of Melbourne's well-known laneways, The Causeway. After a successful six-month trial in 2013, the laneway became permanently smoke-free in May 2014.

The project has seen a total of 12 smoke-free areas implemented across the municipality.

This includes Bourke Street between Elizabeth Street and Russell Place (including Bourke Street Mall), which became smoke-free from 4 October 2019.

Our most recent smoke-free area is Market Street Park, between Collins Street and Flinders Lane. It was made smoke-free on 15 September 2020 after extensive public consultation which revealed extremely strong support from the community.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    The Causeway becomes smoke-free following a six-month pilot


  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Howey Place, Equitable Place, Block Place, City Square, QV Melbourne and Goldsborough Lane become smoke-free following community consultation


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    The Tan and Princes Park running track become smoke-free following community consultation


  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    RMIT University Footpaths finding presented to Council and council did not endorse this area to become smoke-free


  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Fulham Place and Collins Way become smoke-free following community consultation


  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Bourke Street becomes smoke-free following community consultation

    4 October 2019

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Community consultation for Market Street

    13 July to 9 August

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Market Street Park becomes smoke-free

    15 September 2020

Smoke-free projects

Learn more about our projects and smoke-free areas across the city.

What we heard

Feedback we've heard about smoke-free areas.

Towards Smoke-free Melbourne 2025

Have your say on our draft policy to support our vision of Melbourne becoming smoke-free.

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