Each council’s approach and strategy is documented in their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP). The MPHWP sets the broad mission, goals and priorities to enable people living in the municipality to achieve maximum health and wellbeing.

In preparing a health and wellbeing plan, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires council MPHWPs to be consistent with the corporate plan of the council and the council land use plan required by the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).

Achieving strategic alignment is critical to achieving health and wellbeing outcomes in local communities. Other local plans of community partners with an interest in local public health should sit alongside the MPHWP.

MPHWPs need to consider the directions and priorities of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015–2019. This is required under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.