- Drugs, alcohol, smoking and vaping are not allowed in schools or at school events where students are present.
- Tasmanian government schools teach your child about the harm caused by drugs, alcohol, smoking and vaping.
- Making sure children are safe is the shared responsibility of community, parents, schools and students.
- Drug use, possession or distribution is not tolerated in Tasmanian government schools.
- Tasmania Police will be called if there is a drug-related incident.
- Students are taught about the dangers of illicit drugs.
- There is support for students affected by any drug-related incidents.
- No student is allowed to have, or to drink alcohol at school or on any school camp or excursion – including at socials or end-of-year dinners.
- Students, regardless of age, are not allowed on school premises under the influence of alcohol.
- Even if a student is 18 years old, they may not have, or drink alcohol at school.
Smoking (tobacco and electronic cigarettes/vapes)
- e-cigarettes (vapes) are treated the same as tobacco cigarettes under Tasmanian law.
- It is illegal for a person under 18 years of age to smoke/vape.
- Students who are 18 years or over are not permitted to smoke/vape while on school or senior secondary school grounds.
- In Tasmania, smoking is illegal within 10 metres of schools playgrounds, on playing fields and sports grounds and all Tasmanian government buildings and vehicles.
- It is also illegal for anyone (even adults) to use, buy or sell nicotine containing e-cigarettes in Australia without a prescription.
Staff, parents, carers, volunteers and fundraising activities
- Staff, parents, carers and volunteers must not use illicit drugs, smoke/vape or drink alcohol while on school grounds or on any school excursion, camp or school related activity.
- Consumption of alcohol may be permitted by the principal on social and fundraising occasions involving staff and parents provided that very strict guidelines are met such as:
- the function is not during normal school hours
- during the planning phase the views of parents around the provision of alcohol are sought
- all proper licences and certificates are obtained
- the provision of alcohol has been approved as required by the department.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
- Find more information related to electronic cigarettes (vapes).