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.

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

The regulations under review include:

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 and draft proposed regulations have been developed based on this stakeholder feedback.

The draft regulations are available to the Victorian public for comment through a Regulatory Impact Statement accessible on the Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria platform. Formal public consultation on a Regulatory Impact Statement runs for a minimum of 28 days. 

Timeline 

20 August 2019 – Regulatory Impact Statement published on Engage Victoria. Submissions welcome.

30 September 2019 – Consultation closes.

September - December 2019 – Submissions reviewed and regulations finalised.

14 December 2019 – new Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 come into effect.

15 December 2019 – current 2009 regulations sunset.

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

Dr Brett Sutton – Outlining the review of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations