Public health regulations provide a framework for businesses, councils and individuals to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

To remain necessary and effective, regulations need to address the current issues and risks related to the topic they cover, so they 'sunset' (expire) every 10 years, and are reviewed and replaced.

Understanding how these regulations, and any proposed changes, will impact Victorian business and the Victorian community is critical.

Fifteen topics covered by the current Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations will ‘sunset’ on 15 December 2019, so the review process is now underway.

The regulations under review cover these topics:

Consultation process

Stakeholders impacted by specific regulations have been engaged from the start of the policy development process to ensure regulations are workable and necessary in today’s environment.

Preferred policy options for each of the fifteen topics under review are being developed based on this stakeholder feedback.

Those options will then be provided to the Victorian public for comment through a Regulatory Impact Statement in early 2019 (accessible on the Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria platform). There will be at least 28 days to provide feedback.

Timeline

Informal consultation with sector stakeholders impacted by specific policy on policy options is already underway.

May-June 2019 – Regulatory Impact Statement published on Engage Victoria. Formal public consultation on Regulatory Impact Statement runs for a minimum of 28 days and up to 60 days.

15 December 2019 – current regulations sunset

16 December 2019 – new regulations come into effect.

This review is being conducted in accordance with the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and the Victorian Guide to Regulation.