A 58-year-old Brisbane man has been arrested outside a Hobart abortion clinic after handing out anti-abortion material.

A Brisbane man has been arrested in Hobart under new laws designed to keep protesters away from abortion clinics.

Police say the 58-year-old man was handing out anti-abortion material near a clinic on Tuesday and refused to leave when an officer told him to move on.

He was arrested, charged and bailed to appear in court at a later date.

In 2013, Tasmania became the first state or territory to introduce “access zones” outside abortion clinics.

Activists are not allowed within 150 metres of a clinic and can be charged for harassing, filming or protesting against people visiting such centres.