- Victoria’s network of services means that, for most women and families, maternity and newborn care is provided close to home.
- A tiered system with agreed levels of care for public maternity and newborn services means that women and families can have confidence in the consistency and quality of care they receive.
- Capability frameworks support and guide how planned maternity and newborn care is provided.
Capability frameworks for maternity and newborn services
The capability frameworks for Victorian maternity and newborn services:
- Describe the requirements for providing safe and high-quality maternity and newborn care for Victorian public and private hospitals, including the:
- required workforce
- equipment and clinical support services.
- Assist health services to manage different complexities of care, making informed decisions about the:
- Enable a transparent approach to planning and service development at a local level, taking into account community need.
- Support health service regions and the department to plan and manage the maternity and newborn service system.
For further information download the framework document:
Maternity and newborn capability levels
Services operate in a networked system across 6 levels of care:
- Levels 1-3: Local care for healthy women and babies at low risk
- Level 4: Local care for women and babes with some risk requiring additional care
- Level 5-6: Local care for all women and babies. Regional/statewide care for women and babies at high risk
Download the capability levels for 2022-23 to 2023-24:
Reviewed 03 August 2023