Department of Health

Comments sought on Public Health and Wellbeing rules

23/08/19
Published by Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is inviting Victorians to comment on the remaking of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said the review of the current Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 is being conducted because they sunset or expire in December this year and need to be replaced.

"The remaking of these regulations after 10 years presents an opportunity to review, strengthen and modernise our public health approach," Dr Sutton said.

"The review process is a timely opportunity to revisit the regulatory framework and address any issues which may have emerged since the regulations were last reviewed."

The purpose of this regulatory impact statement is to review how the current regulations, and any proposed changes, will impact businesses, the community and the environment and contribute to reducing the transmission of disease and exposure to hazards.

They cover areas including:

  • vector-borne disease control
  • registered premises such as beauty therapy, tattooing, skin penetration and colonic irrigation
  • aquatic facilities
  • cooling tower systems
  • Legionella risks in certain premises
  • pest control
  • managing and controlling infectious diseases, micro-organisms and medical conditions.

Public health regulations provide a framework for businesses, councils and individuals and are designed to protect the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Some of the proposed options include:

  • strengthening and clarifying requirements relating to cooling tower systems
  • adopting a national framework for minimum training and licensing of pest control operators
  • updating infectious disease exclusion requirements in child care centres and primary schools.

The review process provides all Victorians with an opportunity to help shape new regulations in place to protect their health and wellbeing. The proposed changes are exactly that - proposed - so this is an opportunity for anyone to present alternatives, minor changes or to argue for the status quo.

Organisations affected by specific regulations have already been actively engaged through the policy development process to ensure regulations continue to be workable and necessary in today's environment.

Read the proposed changes, review the Regulatory Impact Statement and provide your feedback at the Engage Victoria website.

Reviewed 23 August 2019

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