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5 Some relevant resources

There are many great sources that cover sound and noise issues within strata buildings, the legislation surrounding them and the technical details of their testing and measurement. Below is a list of some useful resources:

a)      NSW: Strata Schemes Management Act (1996)contains a broader range of powers both administrative and proprietorial in nature. View or download a copy here: www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ssma1996242/

b)      NSW: Strata Schemes Management Regulation (2010)provides further details that are referred to in the Act. View or download a copy here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_reg/ssmr2010333/

c)       Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation (2008) http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_reg/poteocr2008693/

d)      Australian Standards http://www.standards.org.au/Pages/default.aspx

e)      The Building Code of Australia(BCA) is not freely available on the wed. But there are many sourece that refer to the relevant details.  Section F - Health and Amenity, Part F5 Sound Transmission & Insulation.  http://www.abcb.gov.au/

f)       NSW: The Consumer Trade and Tenancy Tribunal - http://www.cttt.nsw.gov.au/Divisions/Strata_and_community_schemes.html

g)      Australasian Legal Information Institute[Austlii].  This database contains selected decisions of the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal of New South Wales from www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/nsw/NSWCTTT/

h)      The NSW Office of Fair Trading has produced a very useful booklet Strata living: What you need to know about living in your strata community (July 2011 FT045). It briefly covers all the important areas of strata living including the CTTT. It is available hardcopy and online www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/About_us/Publications/ft045.pdf

i)        A range of government, state and local council noise regulations and controls. Some examples include -http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/SafetyInYourWorkplace/HazardsAndSafetyIssues/NoiseAndHearing/Pages/NoiseControl.aspx



j)        Association of Australian Acoustical ConsultantsGuideline for Apartment and Townhouse Acoustic Rating (September 2010).  http://www.aaac.org.au/au/aaac/downloads.aspx

k)     Flat Chat ForumJimmy Thomson’s web site has a forum for strata issue discussions - http://www.flat-chat.com.au/forum/hard-floors-and-tough-decisions


l)        Apartment Living (2004). A book written by Sue Williams. An entertaining and extremely insightful book about the pleasures and pain of living in an apartment. A copy is available for borrowing from the Owners Corporation Network of Australia’s library.

m)   Strata Community Associationis the peak body for strata managers in Australia nsw.stratacommunity.org.au



n)     A range of technical sources covering noise and sound are easily found on the internet. Some good ones include: