Regional Public Health planning and implementation

Local Government Relations and Policy works with local councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) and our public health partners to build the public health planning system.

This occurs through:

  • liaison, support and information to Councils and planning clusters
  • analysis of plans to identify common areas of action
  • development of support resources
  • Building awareness of public health more broadly

Regional Public Health Plans (RPHPs)

Section 51 of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, requires all councils to prepare and maintain a RPHP that is consistent with the State Public Health Plan and responds to public health challenges within their local area or region.  All 68 Councils across South Australia have RPHPs in place.

In the first phase of public health planning in South Australia, 20 Councils chose to plan alone and 48 Councils chose to plan regionally (ranging from groups of 2 to 8 Councils). 31 RPHPs were developed for the first five-year cycle of planning under the Act (12 metropolitan and 19 regional plans), and these commenced over a two-year period from 2014 to 2016.


Section 51(19) of the Act requires that, once prepared and in place, the plan 'must be reviewed at least once in every 5 years’. Specifically, the Act requires councils to reflect on circumstances that may have changed since the RPHP was made or last reviewed. This is the first review of RPHPs to be triggered under the Act. At 30 June 2019, most councils were due, or were soon to be due, for a review of their RPHP consistent with the Act’s requirements.

The review of a RPHP is an opportunity for councils to reflect on whether the RPHP is meeting its objectives, taking into account learnings from the first RPHP, assessment of local priorities, demand, and capabilities to deliver.

Reviewing your Council’s Regional Public Health Plan has been developed by SA Health for all councils working through the process to review their Regional Public Health Plan (RPHP). It describes requirements under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (the Act) for maintaining and reviewing your RPHP and identifies the key questions, possible areas of focus, and processes to consider in conducting a review of an RPHP.

Section 52 Reports

Section 52 Reports on the implementation of Regional Public Health Plans (RPHP) by councils are a requirement of the South Australian Public Health Act (2011). They build the picture of councils’ achievements and key issues in RPHP implementation and create greater visibility of public health effort through the Chief Public Health Officer’s biennial report which reports on the broader collective effort of implementing the State Public Health Plan.  Section 52 reports for the period 2018-2020 will be due to the Chief Public Health Officer by September 30 2020

Further information

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