Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008
This Regulation controls noise from motor vehicles and marine vessels and sets community standards on acceptable noise intrusion in homes from such appliances as intruder alarms, music amplifiers, air conditioners and powered garden tools.
When it commenced in March 2008, the Regulation introduced a range of new provisions in relation to:
- Phasing in stationary exhaust noise limits for vehicles certified to Australian Design Rule 83/00, generally pushing noise down 2-3 decibels in drive-by tests
- Requiring police and other authorised officers to be ‘reasonable’ when determining whether a vehicle’s noise control equipment is defective and emitting exhaust noise above prescribed limits
- Extending maximum limits on vehicle noise emissions to ‘road-related’ areas, such as car parks, but providing a defence for authorised motor sport events
- Requiring noise control equipment on vehicles to be ‘securely in place’ and restricting the use of temporary noise reduction devices, which had sometimes been used to cheat noise tests
- Removing unnecessary restrictions on the number of mufflers
- Reducing the time a vehicle alarm may sound before incurring a higher penalty and phasing out the previous defence which allowed alarm time limits to be exceeded in some circumstances
- Adopting the national testing procedures for motor vehicle noise
- Restricting the playing of loud musical instruments and sound systems that disturb neighbours after 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, rather than after 12 midnight
- Controlling the noise from heat pump water heaters to minimise their impact on neighbours
- Reducing the time a building alarm may sound before incurring a higher penalty
Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008.
Clause 37 of the Regulation ‘Size, design, format and construction of noise labels’ states ‘A noise label required by this Division must be a label of a size, design, format and construction approved by the EPA.’ The test procedures for grass cutting machines and chainsaws are within the Regulation and the approved label formats for these articles are provided at:
Technical Basis for the Regulation of Noise Labelling of New Grass Cutting Machines (PDF, 68KB)
Technical Basis for the Regulation of Noise Labelling of New Chainsaws In Australia (PDF, 58 KB)
Approved label formats for air conditioners and pavement breakers / mobile air compressors are within the Technical Basis documents for these articles noted below.
Clause 54(6) and (7) of the Regulation 'Determining the noise level of an article' refers to two documents available for inspection at the offices of the EPA. These are also available below:
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Page last updated: 12 February 2014