Director, Health, Safety and Environment
Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
Date of Next Review
QUT is committed to providing a safe, supportive and healthy environment by mandating University sites as smoke-free environments.
This policy applies to all members of the QUT community, including staff, students and authorised visitors.
Director, Health, Safety and Environment
|QUT Security officers||
|Staff, students and authorised visitors||
Smoking is prohibited on all QUT premises. Exceptions may be granted in rare circumstances by the Director, Health, Safety and Environment (on recommendation from the head of the relevant organisational unit) for example, a performing arts event, where during performances, smoking is required for dramatic effect, or indigenous or religious smoking ceremonies.
Smokers are required to follow directions given by authorised QUT staff such as supervisors and managers and QUT security officers in regard to the implementation of the University's policy on smoking.
University employees are entitled to take breaks from work in accordance with relevant University enterprise agreements and the Attendance and working hours policy (B/7.1). If a staff member wishes to smoke during an authorised break from work, they are required to leave the University premises to do so.
Staff who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the QUT Staff Code of Conduct (B/8.1), relevant policies and staff enterprise agreements.
Students who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the QUT Student Code of Conduct (E/2.1) and related policies.
Contractors who repeatedly breach this policy may be asked to leave University premises and may be subject to a breach of contract.
Visitors who repeatedly breach this policy after being warned not to, will be asked to leave University premises by QUT security officers.
Smoking includes the use of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products (herbal cigarettes, loose smoking blends, cigarette papers, cigarette making machines, cigarette filters, and electronic cigarettes) or other devices used for similar purposes.
Electronic cigarettes include e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vapour pens, a personal vaporiser or any device used for the inhalation, exhalation or emission of a substance as defined by the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld).
QUT premises means any physical site under QUT control, including:
- all QUT campuses (H/3.1)
- QUT distributed sites (H/3.9)
- Transport and mobility management (H/3.7) - vehicles.
MOPP B/7.1 Attendance and working hours
MOPP B/8.1 QUT Staff Code of Conduct
MOPP E/2.1 QUT Student Code of Conduct
QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff) (QUT staff access only)
QUT Enterprise Agreement (Professional Staff) (QUT staff access only)
Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld)
|07.04.2020||All||Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar||Periodic review - revised policy|
|15.08.2016||All||Registrar||Revised policy to include exception to prohibition for performances|
|20.05.2016||All||Registrar||Revised policy to include new smoking restrictions – smoke-free premises (effective 01.07.16)|
|20.05.2013||All||Registrar||Revised policy to clarify smoking definitions|
|04.10.2011||All||Registrar||Periodic review - no changes required|
|15.07.2007||All||Registrar||Revised policy to define areas where smoking is prohibited|
|15.04.2005||All||Registrar||Revised policy to reflect State legislative changes (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 13.04.05)|
|25.05.2004||All||Acting Registrar||Revised to clarify roles of University officers in relation to implementation and enforcement of policy, and to further define list of areas where smoking is permitted|
|13.10.2002||A/9.7.2||Registrar||Defined list of areas where smoking is permitted|
|10.08.2001||A/9.7.2||Registrar||Revised list of areas where smoking is permitted and defined " open uncovered spaces "|
|03.03.2000||A/9.7||Vice-Chancellor||Revised policy (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 24.2.00 and University Health and Safety Committee 17.2.00)|
|19.08.1999||A/9.7||University Health and Safety Committee||Revised policy|