The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 aim to achieve the highest attainable standard of public health and wellbeing by:
- protecting public health and preventing disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death
- promoting conditions in which people can be healthy
- reducing inequalities in the state of public health and wellbeing.
The Victorian Parliament recognises that:
- The state has a significant role in promoting and protecting the public health and wellbeing of people in Victoria.
- Public health and wellbeing include the absence of disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death, and the collective state of public health and wellbeing.
- Public health interventions are one of the ways in which the public health and wellbeing can be improved and inequalities reduced.
- Where appropriate, the state has a role in assisting in responses to public health concerns of national and international significance.
The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 came into effect on 1 January 2010. They are available the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.