Noise from musical instruments and electrically amplified sound equipment (e.g. radios, TVs, CD and DVD players, and home theatre systems) that can be heard in any habitable rooms of a neighbouring residence must cease during certain times: midnight to 8am on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public holiday and 10pm to 8am on any other day.
An offence occurs if the noise continues after a warning has been given by a council or police officer.
Talk to your neighbour
Try to solve the problem amicably by talking to the person who is playing music. They may not realise it is creating a nuisance or is too loud.
The brochure ‘Dealing with neighbourhood noise' outlines the steps you can take to prevent noise issues.
If the problem persists, contact a Community Justice Centre (CJC). These centres specialise in settling differences between neighbours. They can arrange mediation between yourself, the person responsible for the noise issue and a CJC representative to help solve the problem. This process is free and has a high success rate.
Contact the local police or council
If mediation is unsuccessful and the noise problem persists, contact your local council. They can investigate your complaint and issue a nuisance order.
Alternatively contact the local police station
By phone: 131 444
The council and police have powers to deal with neighbourhood noise and can issue penalty notices of $200 to an individual.
Seek a noise abatement order
If you want to take action independently of the council, you can seek a noise abatement order from the local court. There are fees for applying for a noise abatement order.