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Environmental sustainability

The role of the department in sustainability and healthcare

The sustainability team in the Infrastructure Planning and Delivery branch of the department provides input into portfolio wide initiatives, including developing system-wide programs and guidance, as well as providing advice to health services on how to minimise environmental impacts and improve resource efficiency.

Information on sustainability in healthcare is available on the department's sustainability website.

This area contains information on:

Health service environmental responsibilities and requirements

Victorian public health services are responsible for managing their environmental impacts and integrating environmental sustainability within their organisation. To assist health services to manage their environmental impacts and increase operational efficiencies, the department requires all health services, through the Victorian Policy and Funding Guidelines, to prepare an environmental management plan (EMP) and report publicly on their environmental performance.

Information on the requirement and associated tools are available from here.

Integrating Sustainability into new capital works projects

The department produces guidelines to assist health services and project design teams to integrate sustainability into health care capital works. The guidelines require the implementation of 80 standard practice initiatives and allocate 2.5 per cent of the total construction cost to initiatives above standard practice.


A number of regular communications are provided to health services and other stakeholders. These include:

  • Sustainability website: a range of materials are available on the website across a broad range of topics, including, energy, sustainable transport, carbon management, waste, water, sustainable procurement, environmental planning and reporting and compliance. Materials include guidance and templates, case studies, and information to assist health services to minimise resource use.
  • Sustainability update: a quarterly update is provided to health service contacts on relevant sustainability information as well as highlighting health service achievements.
  • Seminars, training and input into industry professional development networks: the department provides guidance to health services, including support to develop environmental management plans and public reporting. This is delivered through training, seminars and professional networks as well as over the phone and in person.