The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 received Royal Assent in September 2008 and took effect on 1 January 2010. 

The Act replaces the previous Health Act 1958. It is a key piece of legislation designed to protect the health of Victoria's population, with implications for:

  • authorised officers within local councils and the Department of Health & Human Services
  • pest control operators
  • cooling tower operators
  • the governance and management of a range of consultative councils established under the Act
  • the management of infectious diseases, micro-organisms and medical conditions by medical and health practitioners, Victoria's Chief Health Officer and affected individuals
  • the development of public health policy through providing for municipal public health and wellbeing plans, a State public health and wellbeing plan and in some circumstances, health impact assessments.

On 14 December 2019, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 came into effect and replaced the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 cover provisions including:

  • consultative councils
  • Vector-borne infectious disease control Registration of certain business premises (hair, beauty, colonic irrigation, skin penetration and tattooing industries)
  • Aquatic Facilities
  • Cooling tower systems and Legionella risks in certain premises (water delivery systems)
  • Pest control
  • Management and control of infectious diseases, micro-organisms and medical conditions.

They are available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

For more information about the updated regulations and changes, see Commencement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019

Commencement of Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 

On 14 December 2019, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 replaced the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 following an extensive review process.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 are available the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

Please visit the Commencement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 page for more information about the updated regulations and changes.

Review of the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking consultation on a proposal to re-make regulations for prescribed accommodation for 10 years without substantial change at this time. This will allow time for various cross-portfolio reviews to be completed. The Department of Health and Human Services would consider the outcomes of these reviews and any necessary changes to the regulations after the reviews are completed. Submissions are open until 11.59pm on 15 October 2020.

Please visit the Consultation: Proposed Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 page for more information.