The Public Health and Wellbeing Act aims 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 public health and wellbeing inequalities in Victoria.
It is a key piece of legislation designed to protect the health of Victoria's population, with implications for:
- authorised officers within local councils, Local Public Health Units and the Department of Health
- pest control operators
- cooling tower operators
- the governance and management of a range of consultative councils established under the Act
- the management of infectious diseases, micro-organisms and medical conditions by medical and health practitioners, Victoria's Chief Health Officer and affected individuals
- the development of public health policy through providing for municipal public health and wellbeing plans, a State public health and wellbeing plan and in some circumstances, health impact assessments.
Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment Act 2022
- provide a statutory immunity for certain officers
- change the registration of prescribed accommodation for lower risk prescribed accommodation and include accommodation related to labour hire arrangements
- omit references to HIV and Hepatitis C
- expand the circumstances in which the Chief Health Officer may make an examination and testing order
- expand data collection and further analysis powers
- provide for other miscellaneous matters
- make consequential amendments to the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.
Reviewed 23 October 2023