Outdoor Cafe GuideS and Dining Policies for Market Umbrellas and Cafe Barriers

Cafe barriers and market umbrellas are an ideal solution to provide shelter from the sun and protect patrons from the wind and rain. They are an ideal solution for when awnings and verandas are not available and/or not an option. The construction and design of market umbrellas and cafe barriers and the method of securing them safely must adhere to the Council's regulations.

Different councils within the same city can have varying regulations in regard to cafe barriers and market umbrellas. The information Awnet have accumulated in these pages is to be used as a guide only. Please contact your local relevant council for the specific policies relating to your establishment.

Click through to each state to find the information relevant to you.


Victoria Outdoor Dining Policy


  • Victoria, covering 227,600 square kilometres (about the size of the British Isles) is Australia’s second-smallest state. Victoria hugs the tip of the Australian east coast. Located around the shores of Port Phillip Bay is Victoria’s capitol city, Melbourne, with the city itself along beside the Yarra River, just a few kilometres from the bay.
    Melbourne is the Australian capitol of fashion and alfresco dining.

New South Wales Outdoor Dining Policy

New South Wales

    Sitting on the south-east coast, New South Wales is the most heavily populated and industrialised state in Australia, with a highly urbanised population. Sydney is Australias oldest European settlement and is the largest and most cosmopolitan city with an ethnic community consisting of more than 100 countries.

    New South Wales is a tourism hot spot with many iconic locations in Sydney alone.

Queensland Outdoor Dining Policy


  • Queensland’s 7400km coast line is home to some of the world’s best beaches and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef. The people of Queensland enjoy a luxurious lifestyle of world class beaches and waterways, national parks, rainforest’s and tropical reefs. Not to mention the climate.

    There’s a reason Queensland is called the sunshine state.

Western Australia Outdoor Dining Policy

Western Australia

  • Western Australia is Australia’s face on the Indian Ocean. The capital Perth is closer to Jakarta and Singapore than it is to Canberra. The majority of Western Australian residents live in and around Perth.
    Western Australia is Australia’s largest State with an area of more than 2,500,000 sq km, and a coastline of 12,500km. Only the narrow Timor Sea separates its northern coastline from the islands of Indonesian and to the south is the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

South Australia Outdoor Dining Policy

South Australia

  • South Australia is a wine and food centre with 13 wine regions and a high ratio of cafes and restaurants to residents. Higher than any other Australian city. South Australias wine industry benefits from a variety of terrain, character and climate. Few other regions of the world can match the range of warm and cool-ripening conditions.
    Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, hold the reputation as Australia’s arts capital. A multitude of festivals, a vibrant live music scene, galleries, fashion and design, theatre, architecture.

Northern Territory Outdoor Dining Policy

Northern Territory

  • The Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the Australian continent  In central Australia, the Territory is crossed by the east-west ridges of the Macdonnell Ranges, and the internationally known Uluru (Ayers Rock) is near the south-west corner of the Territory.
    The ‘Top End’ is a region of savannah woodlands and pockets of rainforest. In the north-east, Arnhem Land rises from the plain and continues to the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Much of the southern three-quarters of the Territory consists of desert or semi-arid plain.

Tasmaina Outdoor Dining Policy


  • Separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; a pleasant, temperate climate; wonderful wine and food; a rich history; and a relaxed island lifestyle.
    Tasmania has the luxury of breathing the world’s cleanest air and because of their pure water and fertile soils their wine and food are acclaimed around the world. Tasmania is a natural island, a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes.