Council environmental health officers provide a variety of environmental and public health services including health education and the enforcement of relevant state legislation, including the Health Act 1958 and the Food Act 1984. Activities may include:
- Inspecting businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Act 1984 and to provide advice and training for food vendors. This includes registration of premises, food safety programs, food complaints, temporary events, safety standards, labelling requirements
- Registration and inspection of other premises such as accommodation, beauty salons, hairdressers and body piercing establishments to ensure correct hygiene and safe practices.
- Nuisance Complaints - monitoring for noise, smells and smoke
- Pest Control Advice including pests with a potential health impact, like European wasps, mosquitoes, rats and mice. For advice on native animals like possums and cockatoos contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment
- Preventing the spread of infectious diseases
- Monitoring and approving individual domestic septic systems in unsewered areas
- Monitoring compliance with tobacco laws, including tobacco sale and smoking in public places
Municipal Public Health Plan
The Victorian Health Act requires every council to have a Municipal Public Health Plan. This Plan is to be prepared every three years and reviewed annually
A municipal public health plan must identify and assess actual and potential public health dangers affecting the municipal district, outline programs and strategies which the council intends to pursue to prevent or minimize those dangers and enable people living in the municipal district to achieve maximum wellbeing and provide for periodic evaluation of programs and strategies.