Key messages

  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 came into operation on 14 December 2019.
  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 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 2019 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.

Review of the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking consultation on a proposal to re-make regulations for prescribed accommodation for 10 years without substantial change at this time. This will allow time for various cross-portfolio reviews to be completed. The Department of Health and Human Services would consider the outcomes of these reviews and any necessary changes to the regulations after the reviews are completed. Submissions are open until 11.59pm on 15 October 2020. See Consultation: Proposed Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020.

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