ACU smoke free

Published: Monday 15th December 2014

Dear Colleagues

You may recall earlier this year, announcements from the Vice-Chancellor and the Chief Operating Officer regarding the transition of ACU towards becoming a Tobacco-Free University in 2015. The transition process commenced at the Victorian campuses in second semester resulting in both the St Patrick's Campus in Melbourne and the Aquinas Campus in Ballarat now being smoke-free. This initiative, in collaboration with all Victorian universities, was recently acknowledged as an outstanding health and well-being project and was awarded the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for tobacco-free initiatives.

ACU now moves into the second phase where all other ACU campuses commence transitioning to become smoke-free from 1st January 2015. ACU joins many other Australian universities in making a commitment to providing a smoke-free work and study environment.


  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere* within ACU buildings, grounds or controlled properties or University vehicles;
  • *Sydney Campuses have been granted a temporary exemption from the removal of existing designated smoking areas during the transition period. At the Mackillop Campus North Sydney, smoking is only permitted in the temporary Designated Smoking Area located in front of the James Carroll building in Edward Street, North Sydney (refer to attached campus map); At the Mount St Mary Campus Strathfield, smoking is only permitted in the temporary Designated Smoking Area, which is currently under review further information will be provided by 1 January 2015;
  • Offering support and resources for staff and students who wish to quit or manage their smoking while on campus;
  • Prohibiting tobacco sales and promotion on campus, as well as zero funding or sponsorship from the tobacco industry.

A healthy and safe environment is everyone's responsibility.

Everyone can support ACU becoming smoke-free by:

  • Understanding and observing the ACU Tobacco-Free Policy.
  • Only smoking within the Designated Smoking Area or smoking off campus, whilst being considerate of campus neighbours and the environment (with butt disposal).
  • Respectfully and politely reminding people that ACU is smoke-free.

Volunteering to become a Smoke-Free Ambassador.


Smoke-Free Ambassadors are needed to help increase awareness of changes to smoking restrictions and to promote a smoke-free campus. Ambassadors are not enforcers of the policy. Contact for further information or to register your interest.

Further information on our Smoke-Free initiative can be found at

ACU values the health and well-being of all our staff and students, so I look forward to your co-operation in pursuing a smoke-free ACU.




Professor Marea Nicholson

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Sydney)