Public health legislation, policies and guidelines aim to promote health and wellbeing and to prevent disease in the Victorian community.
Public health strategies aim to promote healthier eating and active living; reduce the harm caused by smoking, alcohol and drug use and reduce the risk posed by potentially dangerous substances to ensure safe environments for all Victorians.
Medicines and Poisons Regulation
Victorian legislation ensures that medicines and poisons are used safely. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the relevant laws for their occupation.
Cemeteries and crematoria
Information about public cemeteries, crematoria and cemetery trusts in Victoria for various stakeholders.
Environmental health in Victoria
In Victoria, the department has an important role in protecting the health of Victorians from the potential health effects of environmental hazards.
All Victorian food businesses must follow the food safety regulations for their class of food premises.
Population health systems
Evidence gathering, statistical data and evaluations are important tools for planning preventative health and wellbeing measures.
Screening programs include the national cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening programs, newborn bloodspot screening, prenatal screening and infant hearing screening.
Disease prevention and early detection targeting specific areas such as obesity, physical activity, sexual health and heart disease.
We administer the Radiation Act 2005. Users and managers of radiation practices are licensed under this Act.
Anti-smoking laws and policies have contributed to a continuing decline of smoking rates across Victoria.
Water in Victoria
The department protects the public by safeguarding drinking water, facilitating the safe use of alternative water supplies and ensuring healthy swimming.
Local Public Health Units
Local Public Health Units support Victoria’s public health strategy within local communities, including prevention and population health, health protection and public health response activities.
Child Safe Standards
All Victorian health organisations that provide services or facilities to children are required by law to comply with the Child Safe Standards.
Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 information for the health sector, including health services and professionals and providers.
Reviewed 24 October 2022