Municipal public health planning

Local government plays a key role in creating the environment for communities to prosper and enjoy improved health and wellbeing.

Current priorities

We support the work that councils undertake in building, promoting and maintaining healthy communities.

Councils are required to prepare a municipal public health and wellbeing plan every four years (following the general council elections). Council public health and wellbeing plans must have regard to the State public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.

Reporting on family violence measures in municipal public health and wellbeing plans

Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, in accordance with Recommendation 94 of the Royal Commission, was amended to require councils to specify measures to prevent family violence and respond to the needs of victims of family violence in the community in preparing public health and wellbeing plans and to provide the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services with information regarding these measures at key intervals during the four year lifetime of their plans [(Section.26 (6A)].

Councils are already required to review their municipal public health and wellbeing plan annually, amend if necessary, and give a copy of the current plan to the Secretary. The Department has worked with the Municipal Association of Victoria to ensure reporting on measures to reduce family violence and respond to the needs of victims, are streamlined with other reporting requirements and with the MAV Preventing Violence Against Women and Promoting Gender Equality Survey. This will minimise the reporting burden on councils while still promoting a sustained focus on prevention of family violence.

The advice, Reporting on family violence measures in municipal public health and wellbeing plans, has been developed to assist councils with this reporting for 2017 – 2021.

The Local Government Free From Violence Grants program – Evaluation reporting guidance and template for councils, developed by the Office for Women, Department of Premier and Cabinet, for the Local Government Free from Violence Grants Program, includes indicators and measures to evaluate primary prevention activities and outcomes, delivered by the 35 councils funded through the Free from Violence Grants Program (see Part B). This would be a useful reference for other councils in fulfilling your MPHWP reporting requirement.

Resources

Municipal health and wellbeing plans

See all Victorian councils’ 2017-2021 health and wellbeing plans.

Surveys

Two main data sources support Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning. They are:

When combined, these two data sets enable local government planners to gain a comprehensive picture of health and wellbeing in Victoria, including specific results for each local government area.

Local government action guides and planning tools

Additional Resources

We delivered a local government public health and wellbeing presentation (PowerPoint - 4.22MB) for councillors and executives on the background and requirements for municipal health and wellbeing planning. You can access more presentations from past events on our past events presentations page.

The Department of Health published a guide to municipal public health and wellbeing planning to assist local government planners in meeting the requirements under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, including consideration of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.

Supplementary resources are available that provide specific advice about particular legislative and planning requirements of councils.
These resources include:

Engage with us

For more information about our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing policy work, please contact:

Jan Black
Policy Adviser
publichealth@mav.asn.au
(03) 9667 5512