Department of Health

Municipal public health and wellbeing planning

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act) recognises the key role of councils in improving the health and wellbeing of people in their municipality. Section 26 of the Act requires each council to prepare a municipal public health and wellbeing plan every 4 years, within 12 months of a council general election.

Section 27 of the Act provides an option for the municipal public health and wellbeing plan to be incorporated into a council plan or strategic plan subject to an exemption being granted by the Secretary of the Department of Health. The Local Government Act 2020 requires the council plan to be approved by the council by 31 October in the year following a council election. Further information on the Local Government Act and its implementation is available from Local Government Victoria.

Next municipal public health and wellbeing plans and councils plans will both be due in October 2025.

View links to municipal public health and wellbeing plans for 2021-2025.

Relationship to the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act requires councils to have regard to the state public health and wellbeing plan when developing their municipal public health and wellbeing plans. This is intended to encourage state and local governments to work together to strengthen the health and wellbeing of communities and people.

The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023 sets 10 priorities for public health and wellbeing in Victoria. Four of the 10 priorities are designated as focus areas for additional attention across Victoria for the duration of the plan. The 4 focus areas are:

Online guidance materials to support implementation of actions addressing the 4 focus areas of the plan are available for local government, early childhood services and schools, health and human services and workplaces.

Co-benefits of a healthy lifestyle for mental wellbeing

Through the municipal public health and wellbeing planning process, councils engage with their communities to identify immediate and future needs and ways to respond. Councils reconcile this with the focus areas outlined in the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023. The resource Co-benefits of a healthy lifestyle for mental wellbeing summarises the co-benefits of action to address the 4 focus areas of the plan. It provides information to support councils in the development of their municipal public health and wellbeing plan and to have regard to the focus areas.

Department of Health regional operations staff work with councils to support the development, implementation and review of their municipal public health and wellbeing plans.

Reviewed 03 August 2022

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