Smoking will be banned across NSW’s 860 national parks from Thursday.
The state government says the move is aimed at lessening the risk of bushfires and reducing litter.
The ban applies to picnic areas, campgrounds, beaches, lookouts, walking tracks and national parks roads.
In another major NSW reform to be introduced on January 1, TAFE colleges will find it more difficult to secure government funding under the Baird government’s Smart & Skilled program.
The changes will mean government subsidies will only be given to courses that address skills shortages and that will lead to jobs.
Previously, TAFE colleges received block state funding. Labor, the Greens and unions say the changes will cause a dramatic increase to TAFE fees.
Meanwhile, Parramatta Children’s Court will trial a dedicated court for young Aboriginal offenders from January.
The government says the Youth Koori Court will provide greater Aboriginal involvement in the court process and will more effectively combat the cycle of crime among indigenous communities.
If the 12-month trial is a success, the government plans to introduce the Koori Youth Court at other locations around the state.