Key messages

  • Local government programs and infrastructure can have a positive effect on the health of local community members.
  • There are guides to help council planners take into account the directions and priorities set out in the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019.
  • There are also four supplementary guides that provide specific advice on aspects of legislation and planning.

There are guides to assist councils to plan for a healthy community and to implement, review and evaluate their municipal public health and wellbeing plan (MPHWP).

The guides help council planners take into account the directions and priorities set out in the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015-2019.

Main guide to MPHWP

The Guide to municipal public health and wellbeing planning builds on the Environments for health municipal public health planning framework, which councils can use to consider the impact of the built, social, economic and natural environments on health and wellbeing.

Supplementary guides

There are four supplementary guides that provide specific advice on aspects of legislation and planning:

  • Including public health and wellbeing matters in the council plan or strategic plan - advice when considering the legislative and operational implications of including public health and wellbeing matters in their council plan.
  • Municipal public health and wellbeing planning: having regard to climate change – assistance with meeting obligations under the Climate Change Act 2010, with s. 14 identifying councils as one of the decision-makers that must consider climate change during the preparation of an MPHWP.
  • A practical guide to conducting annual reviews of MPHWPs - a step-by-step guide to conducting an annual review of MPHWPs (as required by s. 26(4) of the Act).
  • Family violence and municipal public health and wellbeing planning - guidance for local government provides assistance with meeting obligations under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, s. 26(2)(ba) that a municipal public health and wellbeing plan must specify measures to prevent family violence and respond to the needs of victims of family violence in the local community

Planning advice 2017-21

Advice for public health and wellbeing planning in Victoria: planning cycle 2017-21 helps councils and funded prevention and health promotion organisations with health and wellbeing planning and implementation for the 2017-21 cycle. It outlines Victorian policy directions, supplements the guide to municipal public health and wellbeing planning for councils, and provides information on the requirements and expectations of funded prevention and health promotion organisations. This shared advice for councils and funded agencies emphasises the importance of collaboration to improve the health and wellbeing of local populations.