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Our role

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution. It develops policies, regulations and guidelines to prevent and control noise, and partners with other agencies (including local councils, Victoria Police and transport agencies such as VicRoads) to provide advice on the best ways to implement them. Noise pollution is regulated by different authorities and levels of government.

What is noise pollution?

Noise pollution is sound at a level which is annoying, distracting or physically harmful. This can mean different things to different people. In residential areas, what is an acceptable level of noise to one person may be unacceptable to another, as well as dependent on the time of the day and the nature of the activity generating the noise.

Reporting noise pollution

To report noise pollution from industrial and large commercial premises call EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC). We can also help identify the right authority to contact for other noise complaints.

Sources of noise pollution

What are the health effects of noise pollution?

Over time, noise can cause impacts to health and wellbeing – especially when it disturbs sleep. In some people, noise may lead to anxiety, stress and other health impacts, even if it doesn’t occur all the time.

In residential settings, noise levels cause concerns. People most vulnerable to the impacts of noise include the elderly or ill, parents and young children, shift workers or those who work or study at home.

It’s not always possible to totally avoid noise, because some noise is normal or may even be unavoidable during the day. However, it is important to be aware of the needs of others. If there is a conflict, such as in a residential setting both neighbours should meet to discuss the matter and jointly agree on what reasonable things they can do to reduce the noise.

Page last updated on 2 Jun 2017