Creating healthy local communities is more important than ever, with children and young people being the hardest hit by coronavirus and a rapidly changing world.


Councils have a critical role in developing and activating local change to ensure all children and young people have the opportunity to grow up active, socially connected and healthy.

Through the VicHealth Local Government Partnership, we are supporting Victorian councils to create meaningful change within their communities.

All Victorian councils can access our range of new evidence-informed health promotion modules, designed to help councils create the best possible future for children and young people.  

To find out more about the VicHealth Local Government Partnership head to our Local Government Partnership page.


What you’ll find on this page:

What are the health promotion modules? 

The health promotion modules are toolkits – they provide practical guidance, how-to-guides for taking action and links to additional resources, templates, and case studies. This is all to inform the planning and implementation of health policy and practice change for your council. 

The modules are designed to provide options for you to choose the recommended activities that best suit your council, community size and starting point – ensuring that you can make an impact within your community.  

The modules consolidate the practice knowledge, experiences and research developed over VicHealth’s many years working in close collaboration with local governments and other expert partners.  

These modules encourage councils to prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of children and young people and to prioritise healthy changes through the spaces, services and strategies within councils’ remit.  


Impact streams  

These modules include impact streams that address priorities in Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2021-25 and enable Victorian local governments to amplify the voices of children and young people through the creation of healthy communities.  

Impact streams represent the areas where councils are ideally placed to make changes that will have a sustained impact on the health of their local community.  

These modules have been designed to include options that suit councils and communities of varying sizes and capacities – from councils activating a particular impact stream for the first time through to councils ready to take up ambitious systems-level change. 

The different modules 

There are 3 types of health promotion modules: 
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Three cubesCore
Space rocketStretch
  • Leading the way – engaging young voices for change
  • Building active communities
  • Creating connected and supportive communities
  • Building better food systems for healthier communities
  • Strengthening tobacco control at a local level
  • Increasing alcohol harm prevention at a local level
  • Promoting everyday creativity at a local level
  • Foundation modules
    focus on supporting engagement of children and young people's voices in council planning and enabling their continued involvement in the implementation of policy and practice changes.
  • Core modules
    provide the best practice policy and implementation guidance for councils in 3 priority areas to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Stretch modules
    are suited to councils ready to expand into broader health and wellbeing topics and create holistic and engaging community environments.
Foundation module View more

The Foundation module provides the basic building blocks to help develop staff capabilities and skills in children and young people led engagement and planning. 


Leading the Way – Engaging Young Voices for Change 

This module enables councils to build capacity and capability in engaging with and empowering children and young people to share their experiences to create a healthier future. The module provides practical ways to engage and co-design with children and young people in council activities. 


Impact Stream: 

Better solutions shaped by children and young people 


Core modules View more

The Core modules provide implementation guidance for councils in 3 priority areas, to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 

These modules focus on creating better access to healthy food and drink options, increasing active opportunities and building more connected and supportive communities. 

Building Active Communities  

This module incorporates a range of activities, processes, and changes that councils can make to increase children and young people’s physical activity in the community. This includes activities on designing neighbourhoods that promote physical activity and running programs that increase participation by children and young people who face greater barriers. 

Impact Streams: 

  • Increasing active travel opportunities to and from school (previously known as Walk to School)
  • Including walking and bike riding in council strategies  
  • Creating opportunities for all Victorians to be active  
  • Including gender equity in council sport and recreation policy 
  • Empowering and enabling women to get active through local promotion of This Girl Can – Victoria 


Creating Connected and Supportive Communities 

This module enables councils to deliver benefits to and reduce barriers for several groups and communities who usually face barriers to participation as well as designing programs and policies that promote mental wellbeing. 

Impact Streams: 

  • Co-designing with young people for better community wellbeing 
  • Building proud and inclusive communities 
  • Addressing social determinants of mental wellbeing 


Building Better Food Systems for Healthier Communities 

This module will strengthen the capacity of councils to create local and healthy food systems and give children and young people opportunities to actively engage in the issues and solutions. 

Impact Streams: 

  • Creating thriving local food systems 
  • Embedding healthy food and drink options in council owned and operated places 
  • Using healthy rewards and sponsorships in community activities 
  • Enabling healthy partnerships 
Stretch modules View more

The Stretch modules are best suited for councils ready to expand into broader health and wellbeing topics and create holistic and engaging community environments.   

These modules focus on creating stronger preventative measures and reducing harm in relation to alcohol and tobacco products, while also focusing on promoting creativity and the arts at a local level. 


Strengthening Tobacco Control at a Local Level 

This module will strengthen the capacity of local councils to increase smokefree environments in their communities and see improvements across a broad range of health outcomes.  

Impact Stream: 

Adopting tobacco control actions to protect children and young people 


Increasing Alcohol Harm Prevention at a Local Level

This module will strengthen the capacity of local councils to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm, creating safer and healthier communities in their municipalities. This module is to be used in conjunction with ‘The Art of Community Alcohol Management: What local government can do to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm’.

Impact Stream:

Adopting alcohol harm prevention actions to protect children and young people


Promoting Everyday Creativity at a Local Level

This module will support councils to increase opportunities to engage children and young people in creative activities that also promote their health and wellbeing.

Impact Streams:

  • Increasing equity in creative strategies
  • Embracing opportunities for children to inform creative programs
  • Improving opportunities for young people to lead creative programs 
First 2000 days View more

Supporting a healthy first 2,000 days for all Victorian children 

The VicHealth local government health promotion modules are having a First 2,000 Days update! Councils can create healthy communities for children in their first years of life with a suite of ‘first 2,000 days’ focused implementation actions and guidance. The new and updated actions will provide ideas, recommended resources and information to amplify the needs and priorities of young children and their families through council policy, facilities and services. 
As part of this update, we have included ‘families’ as a third group in some of the impact stream and minimum deliverables. This is in recognition of the need to include parents and other caregivers as part of these actions.   
The 35 new and 3 updated actions across the core and stretch modules will be available in December 2022.

How do I get involved? 

All Victorian councils can sign up to access our new local government health promotion modules. Councils are welcome to utilise the modules to create change in their communities.

Please register your details using our form below.


Expressions of Interest for the 2022 intake of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership is going to be open during October to November 2022. You can find more information here.

Councils who join the VicHealth Local Government Partnership as a fast-track council gain access to the module implementation support package, including:

  • Implementation funding opportunities - through exclusive eligibility to apply for annual funding pool(s) to put the actions from the modules into practice, as well as opportunities to fund ideas driven by the community
  • Access to the communities of practice - a chance to collaborate and share knowledge across Victorian councils
  • Capability and capacity building training – including for data and monitoring, and health promotion leadership

To learn about future opportunities to join our Fast-track partnership, please ensure you have registered above.

Need more information?

Visit our Local Government Partnership FAQ page.