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Environment Protection Authority

NSW industrial noise policy

The NSW Industrial Noise Policy was released on 16 December 1999, following widespread public consultation on the draft policy. It aims to balance the need for industrial activity with the desire for quiet in the community.

The NSW Industrial Noise Policy is available in pdf format:

or to order a copy contact Environment Line on 131 555 or email

Applying the NSW industrial noise policy

For further information aimed at assisting industry and acoustical consultants in developing noise impact assessments, see Application notes - industrial noise policy or email

For assistance in determining whether wind is a feature of an area as defined in the NSW Industrial Noise Policy, see the Noise Enhancement Wind Analysis Program.

Policy, technical and regulatory recommendations in relation to temperature inversions and the NSW Industrial Noise Policy are presented for the EPA's consideration in the Discussion Paper: Validation of Inversion Strength Estimation Method.

Review of the NSW Industrial Noise Policy

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is currently reviewing the NSW Industrial Noise Policy (INP) and is seeking comment on the draft Industrial Noise Guideline, which is intended to update and replace the INP. The updated guideline addresses identified issues, clarifies assessment processes and modernises the document without significantly altering the main principles and processes in the existing INP. 

For more information and to participate in the consultation go to Draft Industrial Noise Guideline Consultation which closes 13 November 2015.

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Page last updated: 21 September 2015