The general environment duty (GED) changes the focus of noise compliance and enforcement. Under the GED and the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act) any source of noise can be unreasonable.

  • Residential premises

    For residential premises, the Regulations outline: 

    • specific items and prohibited times for when noise from residential premises is unreasonable 
    • when noise from residential premises is aggravated.
  • Commercial industrial and trade premises

    For commercial, industrial and trade premises the Regulations outline:

    • how the noise level at noise sensitive areas is determined
    • the levels at which noise is considered to be aggravated
    • new noise sensitive areas where noise limits apply to childcare centres, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, during their normal operating hours
    • obligations for regional Victoria that were previously in guidance
    • that noise from equipment used in an emergency is not assessed under the Regulations but may still be unreasonable under the Act. Testing of emergency equipment must continue to meet limits set in the Noise Protocol.
  • Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and events

    For indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and events, the Regulations outline:

    • noise limits that apply to indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and events
    • the application of the Agent of Change principle, consistent with the Victoria Planning Provisions
    • new noise sensitive areas where noise limits apply to tourist establishments, caravan parks and camping grounds (in defined rural areas). These don’t apply when an outdoor entertainment event is taking place or an outdoor entertainment venue is operating.

    Learn more about the noise framework.

Reviewed 25 May 2021