Where you can and can't smoke
Where you can't smoke in the NT
Under Northern Territory (NT) law, you can't smoke in any of the following places:
- any enclosed public place, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and casinos
- any enclosed workplace
- in the non-smoking areas of outdoor dining areas at liquor licensed premises
- any outdoor public event, except where smoking areas are identified
- non-liquor licensed outdoor dining areas of cafes and restaurants.
Where you can smoke in the NT
You can smoke in all of the following places:
- in most outdoor areas
- in the smoking area of an outdoor dining area, including a courtyard, footpath or balcony area
- two metres away from a doorway and three metres from an air conditioning unit
- in your own home if it is not being used for commercial childcare, accessed by the public or clients and has no employees
- in group or shared accommodation you may be able to smoke in your own private room
- in the designated smokers room on an oil rig.
If someone smokes where they can't
If you are in a non-smoking venue or area and you see someone smoking, you should point out to them the area is non-smoking.
You should tell the owner or manager of the business, who must take steps. They can call the NT Police who can issue an on-the-spot fine.
If someone is smoking in a workplace, work health officers can issue on-the-spot fines.
Last updated: 20 March 2020
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