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In most jurisdictions around the world, noise is regulated by either the allowable level, and / or by the times in which it may be generated. In practice, an acceptable noise amenity is usually achieved by a combination of the two. It is however the enforcement of these noise regulations that generally experiences the biggest variability. Ostensibly, some jurisdictions have stringent noise limits, but fail to ever enforce them, whilst others with more liberal restrictions enforce them more rigorously. The intent of the following paper is to provide an overview of environmental noise strategies and policies adopted in Australia and how these have driven innovation in noise management. Strategies to manage environmental noise along with guidance documents and policies are generally developed at a State or Territory level. Technically most of these documents are similar, however for the purposes of this present paper, the strategies and regulations used in New South Wales will be referenced. A discussion of the implications of not meeting noise objectives is given along with a summary of Noise Abatement Programs which have been used to improve existing situations. Addition-ally, an overview of how industrial facilities such as mines and wind farms have sought to address noise impacts is provided.
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