Review of Best Practice for Ambient Environmental Noise Assessment Programs

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 3-4 months

Project Background

The need for EPA to establish an ambient noise assessment program was highlighted in the State of the Environment report 2018. Such an ambient environmental quality assessment program for noise should be designed to inform environmental public health indicators and exposure estimates, and to be an effective tool for understanding trends and emerging issues, defining and prioritising interventions, informing strategic planning and policy development, guiding infrastructure decisions, and for reporting to government and the community.
This project will consist in a comprehensive review of practice for ambient environmental noise monitoring and assessment programs (“noise observatories”), in Australia and internationally. This review will inform EPA’s consideration into establishing an effective strategic ambient noise assessment program for Victoria.
EPA is seeking to hire, as an intern, a PhD candidate, with specialised skills in at least one the following disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning, Urban planning, Social sciences or Engineering, as the project requires to:
• assess and compare solutions adopted for existing ambient noise assessment programs and proposed developments and innovations
• consider the strategic context and objectives of ambient noise assessment programs, as well as the technical and practical aspects of their implementation.

Research to be Conducted

1. State of the art  review of practice for existing or proposed ambient noise assessment programs, in Australia and overseas – literature survey, interviews and networking, detailed review of a shortlist of case studies
2. Development of options and evaluation criteria to inform a framework for delivery of an ambient environmental quality assessment program for noise in Victoria: Evaluation criteria can include, for example, adequacy to achieve the objective of the program, accuracy and robustness of data, resources and cost
3. Mapping internal and external stakeholders who would provide an input to or have an interest in an ambient noise assessment program for Victoria

Resources available:
– literature (and contacts) for existing or proposed noise ambient noise assessment programs already identified by EPA
– key contacts identified within EPA, State Government (Victoria and interstate), industry and the community
– support from EPA’s team of noise specialists

Skills Required

If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:

  • Specialised skills in at least one of the following subjects: Environmental Sciences, Environmental
  • Planning, Urban planning, Social sciences or Engineering
  • Some experience or a general interest in the other disciplines
  • Strong analytical mindset or skills: ability to process and synthesise large amounts of information
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong project and time management skills, and ability to deliver high quality content within timelines
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge or experience in acoustics and/or the assessment of environmental noise
  • Experience in conducting targeted interviews and/or surveys
  • Ability to read scientific literature or technical information in languages other than English (countries with existing noise assessment programs include: Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, see Part I of this methodological guide)


Expected Outcomes

The main deliverable for this project will be a review report including:
• details on what is a state-of-the-art ambient environmental assessment programs for noise
• detailed assessment for shortlisted case studies
• framework for the evaluation of options, including evaluation criteria.

This report is to be prepared in a format allowing for it to effectively:
• become a “state of knowledge” piece, to be integrated in EPA’s knowledge bank
• Inform the following steps (by EPA) for the investigation into the establishment of an ambient environmental assessment programs for noise for Victoria, in particular
– an addendum which will analyse and translate the findings in the review in the EPA and Victorian context
– the development of a framework for delivery.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

20 November 2019


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