Key messages

  • The department has developed guidance documents to help local government make informed decisions when appointing environmental health officers.
  • Note that the advice provided is not a substitute for local government undertaking its own risk assessment.
  • The guidelines build on the enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix and Using the enHealth Skills and Knowledge Matrix produced by enHealth.

Victorian local governments may employ people who do not have an environmental health degree to undertake various tasks under the environmental health banner. The department has developed guidance to support local government make informed decisions when appointing environmental health officers (EHOs).

The guidance developed is a first step in supporting the appointment of EHOs. The advice provided is not a substitute for local government undertaking its own risk assessment.

The guidelines build on the enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix and the Using the enHealth Skills and Knowledge Matrix produced by enHealth. The guidance was developed with significant input from local governments, unions, professional and industry bodies.

Two separate guidance documents have been developed.

Food safety guidance

The Draft environmental health technician (food safety) guidance document identifies:

  • three possible job models for food safety EHOs
  • corresponding areas of activity
  • related skills and knowledge.

At the request of EHOs, the guidelines also include supporting information on workforce planning and organisational structure, and support issues.

Environmental health officer guidelines

As with the food safety technician guidance, the Environmental health technician guidelines builds on the areas of environmental health professional activity as outlined in the enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix. The guidance document offers:

  • three possible job models for EHOs
  • advice on designing roles, and identifying necessary skills and knowledge
  • advice on assessing an individual’s training and experience against the role requirements.

As with the food safety technician guidance, these guidelines also provide supporting information on workforce planning and organisational structure, and support issues.

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