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 Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 have been made and replace the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2009.

The exposure draft of the regulations and associated regulatory impact statement were released for public consultation between 16 September 2020 and 15 October 2020. Public submissions were carefully considered.

Please visit the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 page for more information and for a link to the regulations on the Victorian legislation website, and for a copy of the Response to public submissions-Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 that provides a statement of reasons addressing issues raised in the submissions as part of the consultation process. 

We would like to thank stakeholders for their input into the regulations, including those who made written submissions regarding the regulations through the sunset review process.