Environmental Noise

Legislation aimed at controlling environmental noise varies across each state and territory throughout Australia. However, there is a common principle that in each community there is a noise level which unreasonably intrudes on daily activities. The effects of noise are difficult to quantify since tolerance to noise levels and different types of noise vary considerably to each individual. However, there is a large amount of scientific literature which points out that environmental noise may have a number of direct adverse effects on exposed people including disturbance of sleep, auditory and non-auditory and physiological (i.e. basically cardiovascular) effects, interference with communication and general annoyance.
To ensure environmental noise generated is below the relevant limits, a proactive approach to minimising noise should be adopted.

Our expertise

Our environmental noise management capability is supported by comprehensive and high quality quantitative and qualitative noise impact assessment using both measurements and noise level prediction models (e.g. ISO 9613, European Harmonoise algorithm, NMPB, Federal Highway Administration Model 2004, etc.).

Possible fields of application can be:

  • Industrial premises – e.g. activities listed in cl92 of the POEO regulation, large industrial complexes, small factories and backyard workshops, etc.;

  • Motor vehicles – e.g. general road traffic on local roads, freeways, tollways, main roads;

  • Commercial premises – e.g. noise from deliveries, garbage collection, public address system and air conditioners at shops or offices;

  • Rail;

  • Aircraft;

  • Construction noise:
    • Pre-approval (EIA documentation);
    • Post-approval (construction noise management plan, community consultation plan, etc.);

  • Wind farms.

We can also assist with the development and implementation of reasonable and feasible noise control and mitigation strategies. Moreover, noise prediction models allow us to quantify the benefits generated by the noise reductions of different mitigation scenarios.

For further information regarding environmental noise impact assessment and noise action plans, please contact:

Toby Dudman: 0448 046 611