Local Government Planning for Health and Wellbeing
There are many influences on the health and wellbeing of a community - safe and healthy places to live and work, social networks and support services, opportunities to participate in decisions affecting the community, and good infrastructure such as transport and land use schemes.
Local government is one of a number of players whose actions impact on these areas. Others include the Federal Government, the State Government, and the business and community sectors - each has an important role to play. However, operating at a level so close to the community it serves, means that local government has a unique capacity to make a difference.
This website provides information to support councils in positively influencing the health and wellbeing of their communities.
For more information see:
- Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
- Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan
The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2011–2015 has been prepared, as required by section 49 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. The plan aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians by engaging communities in prevention, and by strengthening systems for health protection, health promotion and preventive healthcare across all sectors and all levels of government.
- Guides for Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning
Local councils are required under the Act to prepare municipal public health and wellbeing plans (MPHWP). New resources to help guide the planning process are available here.
- Archive of Local Government Planning Information and Resources