We are planning Council’s four year Health and Wellbeing Plan.

This Plan sets out how we will work towards promoting improved health and wellbeing for all ages and abilities so that people can live better lives in Bayside over the next four years. The Plan will be used by Council, local health service providers and community organisations to set policy and partnership priorities for the next four years, focusing on health and wellbeing trends that have the greatest impact on the community.

To help us get started with developing the draft plan, tell us your thoughts of what Bayside’s health and wellbeing priorities should be. Scroll down for the survey link.

The current plan, ‘Bayside's Wellbeing for All Ages and Abilities Strategy’ 2017-2021, is in its fourth and final year. The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires Councils to develop a municipal public health and wellbeing plan every four years, within 12 months of each general election of the Council. The next municipal public health and wellbeing plan is due in October 2021.

Each plan should explain and demonstrate the significant role of Council in improving the health and wellbeing of people who live, work, study and play in the municipality. When looking to the Health & Wellbeing of Bayside residents this plan should aim to address key health priorities and long term community aspirations identified by the Bayside community.

With this feedback Council will be able to further understand and give context to which areas need to be prioritised over the next four years and how this is best achieved.

All engagement activities will enhance our aim to create a plan that is inclusive and identifies with the majority of our community.

As the level of Government closest to our community, we play a key role in identifying issues and service gaps, instigating programs, facilitating partnerships, developing policy, implementing local law, providing support and services directly to residents and undertaking important infrastructure developments.

The health and vitality of a community has far reaching impacts on the social and economic wellbeing, workforce participation, productivity and overall wellbeing of Bayside residents.

Feedback we collect will help will work towards addressing identified priority health areas that our key to improving the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Examples of where we can influence and activities we have previously delivered include:

  • Volunteering
  • Community safety
  • Mental health initiatives
  • Healthy eating and implementing healthy food options at sporting club canteens
  • Healthy ageing
  • Inclusion and access
  • Improving social connectedness and engagement with vulnerable community members
  • Reducing family violence

As the first step in updating the Plan, Metropolis Research completed a survey of 400 residents in November 2020 to understand their views on how Council can best support improved wellbeing within Bayside. The data collected from the telephone survey has been used along with Census data to develop Bayside's Health and Wellbeing Profile 2021 - 2025.

Key Bayside Health Facts

For the most part Bayside residents are a healthy, connected and resilient community

  • Just over half of Bayside residents agreed (50.3%) that they lived in a close-knit community and felt a strong sense of belonging to the community (53.7%).
  • Bayside residents (96.1%) feel safe walking in their neighbourhood during the day and walking at night in the local area (66.7%)
  • Bayside residents exercise at levels above the Victorian Average:
    • 64% exercise more than 4 times per week
  • The majority of residents (83.2%) rated their mental health as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’


  • Just under half of Bayside residents (42.3%) are considered overweight (pre-obese) or obese. Males more likely than females to be considered overweight or obese.
  • Nearly half of Bayside’s adult population (45.7%) drink more than two standard alcohol drinks two to three times per week
  • It is estimated that 7,500 (9%) of Bayside residents live in poverty ‘not having enough available income to afford life’s necessities such as food, clothing or healthcare’
    • women comprise the majority of Bayside adults living in poverty (57%)
    • And those with a disability comprised a third of those living in poverty (31%)

We have developed a snapshot of Bayside's health profile. You can find out more by viewing the health profile uploaded in the document library.

Following the completion of the first stage of community engagement we will come back you in April - May 2021 to test initial findings and to help develop the first draft.

Feedback on the draft strategy will be undertaken in August 2021 before we present the final draft to Council in October 2021.

Refer to the timeline on this page for more details about decision making process for this project.

How to provide your feedback

There are a number of ways to get involved over the next few months:

  • Survey: share your feedback via the short survey or contact the project manager for a hard copy survey
  • Ideas wall: post your ideas at one on one of gathering walls at Brighton and Sandringham libraries
  • Community groups - if you are a member of a community group and would like more information on how your group can be involved please contact the project manager at lwaycott@bayside.vic.gov.au
  • Anonymous submission: If you would like to make an anonymous submission you may contact the project officer directly (contact details are listed on or this page) or by post: Bayside City Council, PO Box 27 Sandringham VIC 3191

Feedback for the first stage of consultation closes on Sunday 14 March 2021.

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