Free pads and tampons in public places

The Victorian Government has committed to providing free pads and tampons in vending machines located in public places across the state.

Menstruation is a natural part of life. Despite this, many people cannot afford to buy period products and feel embarrassed when they don't have them.

Pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury. People should be able to access them whenever and wherever they need them.

Vending machines containing pads and tampons will be installed at up to 700 public places in Victoria.

These locations will include:

  • public hospitals
  • TAFEs
  • courts
  • libraries
  • staffed train stations
  • major cultural institutions like Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. 

The rollout of vending machines is expected to begin in 2024.

For more information visit Free pads and tampons in public places.