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Motor vehicle, train and tram noise
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Train/tram noise and track maintenance
Road traffic noise
Individual motor vehicles
Noisy vehicles can cause annoyance, sleep disturbance and other health impacts. The Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations aim to minimise the negative impacts on Victorians and the environment from noisy vehicles. The regulations prescribe noise standards for in-service vehicles.
It is an offence to own or use a vehicle that e...
Last updated on 21 Jul 2016
Approved vehicle testers
If you have received an EPA notice headed ‘Notice to have vehicle tested – Exhaust noise’, you must take the vehicle to one of the noise testers listed below. Your notice reference number will end in ‘N’.
Only the following testers can issue a certificate of compliance. EPA does not issue these certificates. We advise you to ring a tester below to make an appointment to inspect your vehicle.
The noise test fee is 3 fee units ($46.00 including GST in 201...
Last updated on 11 Sep 2017
Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008
In October 2008, EPA released the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008.
The Regulations replaced the 1997 Residential Noise Regulations, with some changes to the way large scale construction noise is managed. EPA consulted extensively with residents, local government, police and the residential construction industry to develop the Regulations.
The Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Regulations apply to all residential premises under construction, from single h...
Last updated on 29 Oct 2013
2007 noise surveys
EPA published studies in 2007 on the impacts of environmental noise across the state.
A social survey of 1213 Victorian residents was conducted in late 2006. EPA also conducted a measurement survey, taking noise levels at 50 sites across the inner, middle and outer suburbs of Melbourne.
These studies helped EPA to better understand the impact of noise on the community and assist with future noise management programs.
Environmental noise impacts on peoples’ lives through annoyance, sle...
Last updated on 2 Aug 2012
Annoyed by Noise? (publication 406): Advice on various types of noise, understanding neighbour-to-neighbour noise, and tips to reduce noise
Cool air — quietly and efficiently: a guide to buying and operating an air conditioner (publication 1176)
Residents’ noise stories (publication 1235)
To assist in the 2008 review of the residential noise Regulations, a story-gathering process was used to obtain views from the Victorian ...
Last updated on 8 Sep 2016
From waste treatment plants to broiler farms, all businesses must correctly managed odour they produce....
Last updated on 27 Nov 2012
Understanding offensive odour
Odour (or smell) is experienced when one or more chemical compounds in a gaseous form stimulate the sense of smell (the nose). Odours are also commonly called scents and can be pleasant (a fragrance or aroma) or unpleasant (a stink or stench).
Reactions to odours can be very subjective. A smell may be pleasant to one person and unpleasant to someone else. An offensive odour is one that affects the general life, health and wellbeing of an individual as a result of the intensity, character, ...
Last updated on 23 Dec 2014
Types and sources of odour
Odours can come from many different sources, but the typical kinds of odours EPA investigates are from industrial sources and premises such as sewage treatment facilities, abattoirs, animal renderers, landfills and composting facilities. Odour from domestic sources and some smaller commercial premises, such as shops and restaurants, should be referred to local council officers.
Compost and organic waste
Organic waste, especially municipal garden waste, is recycled into a number of organic prod...
Last updated on 10 Jan 2014
Waste is defined by the Environment Protection Act 1970 as any matter, whether solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive, which is discharged, emitted or deposited in the environment in such volume, constituency or manner as to cause an alteration of the environment.
Generally waste is any material or substance that is of no further use and has been discarded. If not properly managed waste can cause pollution and adverse impacts on the environment. Disposing of waste that could be reused or re...
Last updated on 31 Jul 2017
The three main types of asbestos are white, blue and brown, used mainly before 1980 in the production of asbestos cement sheeting and piping. Asbestos was also used in the manufacture of vinyl floor tiles, electrical components, brake linings and disc pads.
When disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Fibres breathed into the lungs can cause a range of health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma
The disposal of waste asbestos, whet...
Last updated on 13 Dec 2016