The Strategic planning guidelines for Victorian health services provide an overview of the theory and process involved in developing strategic plans. They also highlight the policy context for health services to consider when developing their plans, including:

Health services' strategic plans need to also take into account the broader planning reform currently underway, which is aimed at developing a statewide design, service and infrastructure plan for Victoria’s health system and the stronger need for integration and collaboration in health service planning and delivery at a local, regional and system-wide level.

More guidance on strategic goals and strategies will be provided as individual health services begin developing and consulting on their strategic plans.

Implementation priorities will be considered during the annual statement of priorities negotiation process.