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Legislation & regulations

In 1987, the Victorian parliament passed the Tobacco Act 1987. Since then reforms to the Act and its supporting regulations have been rolled out with the most recent amendments passed by the Victorian Parliament on 18 August 2009.

The Tobacco Amendment (Protection of Children) Act 2009 includes:

These laws, with the exception of the point-of-sale tobacco display ban, commenced on 1 January 2010. The point-of-sale display law commenced on 1 January 2011.

An amended copy of The Tobacco Act 1987 or the Tobacco Amendment (Protection of Children) Act 2009 are available on the Victoria Legislation website. The Tobacco Regulations 2007 can also be found here. Fact sheets on recent amendments are available below.

  Fact sheet: Ban on smoking in motor vehicles if a person under the age of 18 is present
  Fact sheet: Ban on the sale of tobacco from temporary outlets
  Fact sheet: Ministerial power to ban certain products
  Fact sheet: Ban on the display of tobacco products

Penalty units

The value of a penalty unit is indexed every financial year by the Victorian Treasurer.

Financial year Penalty unit value
2011-2012 $122.14
2012-2013 $140.84
2013-2014 $144.36
2014-2015 $147.61

Further information is available at the Chief Parliamentary Counsel website.