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 review covered areas including:

Website pages for regulatory areas will be progressively updated to reflect the changes.

Overview 

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 support the operation of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and provide a framework for businesses, councils, the Department of Health and Human Services and individuals to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

The regulations cover a range of measures to prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases and minimise public health risks associated with certain businesses, such as aquatic facilities, tattooists and businesses that perform skin penetration procedures.

Consultation process – regulatory impact statement

We wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the sunset review of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

The exposure draft Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations and the associated regulatory impact statement were released for public consultation between 20 August and 30 September 2019. Consultation occurred via the Victorian Government's online consultation platform Engage.

In summary, the regulatory impact statement assessed regulatory options and put forward a proposed approach for each of the regulatory areas. Consultation allowed stakeholders and the community to comment on the proposed approach and the associated draft regulations. The department received 82 submissions and 153 survey responses. 

Consultation feedback was carefully reviewed and helped inform the new Public Health and Regulations 2019. The final response takes into consideration a range of stakeholder concerns and viewpoints, and seeks to balance the priorities of protecting public health and reducing regulatory burden. 

Statement of Reasons

The Statement of Reasons broadly identifies the issues and themes raised during consultation and provides reasons for the directions taken in the new Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019. Stakeholders and members of the community are encouraged to view the Statement of Reasons.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 were made with several minor amendments to the exposure draft to improve the clarity, operation and practicality of the regulations.

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019

View the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations on the Legislation Victoria website.

What has changed in the regulations?

The following information sheets summarise the key changes from the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019:

Prescribed accommodation regulations extended for 12 months

Regulations relating to prescribed accommodation have been extended in their existing form for 12 months. They were not considered as part of this regulatory impact statement process.

Prescribed accommodation regulations intersect across several government portfolios and regulatory schemes and impact a range of sectors and stakeholders. The extension of these regulations will allow further time for review and enable consideration to be given to complex cross-portfolio issues.

In the interim, the unchanged regulations relating to prescribed accommodation will operate separately from the new Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019. They are contained in the renamed Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2009.