Dust can not only be a nuisance to neighbours, but if severe enough can also cause damage to property and affect people's health.

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to cause a dust nuisance. Council enforces this legislation and following a complaint, can take the appropriate action required as determined necessary in the circumstances.

What we do

When investigating a dust complaint, Council considers the:

  • Amount of dust being emitted
  • Duration and rate of emission
  • The dust's characteristics and qualities
  • Sensitivity of the environment into which the dust is being emitted and the potential impacts
  • The impact of the dust on any other neighbours


If, after investigating a complaint, Council is able to establish an offence has occurred, Council may:

  • Issue an on-the-spot fine
  • Issue a Direction Notice to the offender to rectify the problem within a certain time-frame
  • Prosecute the offender in court

What you can do

Ways you can reduce dust emissions include:

  • Plan the work required and try to carry it out in stages
  • Consider weather conditions before starting work
  • Retain vegetation - even low or small amounts of plants can significantly lower wind speed and reduce the amount of dust leaving a site
  • Use any onsite waste as a dust barrier
  • Erect a dust fence
  • Regularly spray water onto topsoil
  • Use products such as hydromulch for large areas

Reporting a dust issue

You can report excessive dust online through our Online Self Service Portal (choose Other Council Matters) or on by ringing Council on 4044 3044.

Last updated: 15 February 2016