Department of Health

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008

Key messages

  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 came into operation on 14 December 2019.
  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 help Victoria achieve a high standard of public health.
  • Public health and wellbeing include the absence of disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death, and the collective state of public health and wellbeing.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 aim to achieve the highest attainable standard of public health and wellbeing by:

  • protecting public health and preventing disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death
  • promoting conditions in which people can be healthy
  • reducing inequalities in the state of public health and wellbeing.

The Victorian Parliament recognises that:

  • The state has a significant role in promoting and protecting the public health and wellbeing of people in Victoria.
  • Public health and wellbeing include the absence of disease, illness, injury, disability or premature death, and the collective state of public health and wellbeing.
  • Public health interventions are one of the ways in which the public health and wellbeing can be improved and inequalities reduced.
  • Where appropriate, the state has a role in assisting in responses to public health concerns of national and international significance.

Review of the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations

The Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 have been made and replace the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2009.

The exposure draft of the regulations and associated regulatory impact statement were released for public consultation between 16 September 2020 and 15 October 2020. Public submissions were carefully considered

Please visit the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020  page for more information and for a link to the regulations on the Victorian legislation website, and for a copy of the Response to public submissions-Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 that provides a statement of reasons addressing issues raised in the submissions as part of the consultation process. 

We would like to thank stakeholders for their input into the regulations, including those who made written submissions regarding the regulations through the sunset review process.

Reviewed 23 November 2020

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Contact details

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Communicable Disease Section Department of Health GPO Box 4057, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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