The Department of Health (the department) oversees the portfolios of Health and Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios.
The department also plays a vital role in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts.
The statements below are a statutory requirement under the FOI Act. The purposes of the statements are to:
- provide a snapshot of the types of information and documents that the department holds;
- outline how to access this information and locate publicly available information; and
- inform the public how to make a request for access under the FOI Act.
The statements below are not an exhaustive list of all the information that is publicly available.
Some information held by the department (such as patient records) is not publicly available due its personal and sensitive nature. Personal information can be accessed directly through Freedom of Information processes.
Part II Statements
Statement One - Organisation and function
The Department of Health is a Victorian Government department that plans, funds and delivers a world-class healthcare system that meets the changing health needs of all Victorians by focusing on people first.
Ministerial portfolios within the department include Health, Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing.
Statement Two - Categories of documents
The Department of Health creates, collects and publishes a range of data as a result of its work. The department uses a number of electronic document and records management systems in order to classify, store, access and manage this broad range of documents.
Under section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, an agency must publish a statement of the categories of documents it maintains. This statement broadly describes the documents held by the department.
The types of documents that the department holds include:
- policy, procedures and standards:
- administrative materials – corporate/operational, boards, committees
- compliance materials – reports, responses
- instructional materials – standards, policies, procedures, guidelines
- program materials – initiation, operations, evaluation
- project materials – initiation, governance, management
- training and educational material
- briefings and reports:
- for example, briefs to relevant Ministers, the Secretary and Deputy or Associate Secretaries
- compliance and operational
- corporate and Ministerial
- emails or letters
- meeting records:
- meeting minutes and agendas
- financial records:
- remuneration and salaries
- procurement materials – tenders, Expressions of Interest, contracts
- human resource management:
- recruitment, payroll, employee records, HR data/statistics
Personal documents can include:
- Mental Health records;
- Fairfield Infectious Disease Hospital records;
- Psychiatric records; or
The documents are organised according to a departmental business classification scheme and include:
- employee support and management
- financial management
- legal services
- policies and procedures
- service provision
- public health
- infectious diseases
- area summaries
- alcohol and drugs
- employee support and management
- budget planning.
The above examples are not an exhaustive list and provide a snapshot of information available.
To find further information on a specific topic and search for documents and resources relating to the department:
Statement Three - Freedom of information arrangements
Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the public has the right to request access to documents relating to their personal affairs and departmental activities.
Freedom of Information (FOI) requests must be lodged in writing to the relevant agency in possession of the documents. Requests for documents in the possession of the Department of Health can be made to:
Alternatively, you may send an application to the Freedom of Information unit at the following address:
Freedom of Information unit
Department of Health
GPO Box 4057
Melbourne Victoria 3001
Further information about making a request for access to documents is available on this page:
Before you make a request for access
If you cannot find the information or document you are seeking, please contact us and ask if the information or document is available or can be provided to you. In many instances we will be able to provide you with the information without requiring you to make a formal request for access.
Statement Four – Publications
Statement Five - Rules policies and procedures
There are rules, policies and procedures in place to govern the daily operations of the department, for example:
- procedure manuals
- policies, guidelines and protocols
- plans, programs and projects
- codes of conduct.
Statement Six – Governance and Reporting
The Department of Health publishes final versions of reports and records of decisions relating to policy.
The department’s annual reports detail how the department has met its objectives and highlights key achievements for the reporting period. Each report is tabled in parliament, in accordance with the provisions for the Financial Management Act 1994.
For further information
Or contact the Freedom of Information unit:
Reviewed 25 June 2022