The Department of Health was established to help Victorians stay safe and healthy and deliver a world-class health system that leads to better health outcomes for all Victorians.
As a department, we are continually looking for ways to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians no matter who or where they are.
Our responsibilities include supporting the Health and Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios.
In addition to this, we’re front and centre of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts.
This has been a challenging period for all Victorians, but we remain committed to supporting our communities, healthcare workers and our health sector.
It’s through these efforts and collaboration we will be able to create a stronger healthcare system focussed on forming better bonds between our department, the healthcare sector, and the people of Victoria.
Our vision is to continue to ensure Victoria remains a great place to live, work and play by supporting Victorians to be the healthiest people in the world.
Our Operational Plan 2022–23
Our Operational Plan steps out how we will deliver the health care Victorians need now and in the future.
The department comprises of a number of portfolios which deliver a range of government programs and services.
Specialist offices in the Department of Health including senior officers in health.
Our role in emergencies
When we have emergencies that impact Victorians’ health, we will be there to help guide you and keep you safe.
Victoria's health workforce is critical to the overall success of the state's health system.
Find jobs at the Department of Health and read about our commitment to flexibility, wellbeing and equity for all our employees.
The Department of Health administers numerous Acts and regulations related to health of Victorians.
Doing business with us
Our guidelines on the supply of goods and services, research and assistance and making a Freedom of Information request.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting our brightest minds in continuing to make life-changing scientific breakthroughs and improving health outcomes for people here and around the world.
The department undertakes work in specific strategic focus areas to enable positive change in the Victorian health care system.
The department's Health Strategy recognises Victoria’s diverse population has different healthcare needs.
Participation and communication
The department provides policy direction for carer and community participation in decision making about the direction for Victorian healthcare services.
Reviewed 24 March 2023