Key messages

  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 help Victoria achieve a high standard of public health.
  • Public health and wellbeing include the absence of disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death, and the collective state of public health and wellbeing.

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.

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