New hearing test requirements begin 1 January 2024
Safework NSW

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the biggest cause of permanent hearing loss in Australia. But it’s also the most preventable.

Following public consultation held in late 2022, the NSW Government has approved the commencement of Clause 58 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation 2017.

From 1 January 2024, employers are required to provide hearing tests for workers who frequently use hearing protection to control noise that exceeds the noise exposure standards*.

Communication toolkit

NSW Government SafeWork has created a communication toolkit to help you share information about the changes with your networks. The toolkit contains a range of resources, including:

  • newsletter and website content
  • social media content
  • poster and A4 fact sheet.

Download the NSW Government SafeWork communication toolkit

More information

Find more information on Clause 58 and the new hearing test requirements on the NSW Government SafeWork website, or contact SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.


Matt Press
Executive Director
Compliance & Dispute Resolution
SafeWork NSW

*The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (clause 56) sets an exposure standard for noise at an LAeq, 8h of 85dB(A) and a peak noise level at 140dB(C).


Information taken from NSW Government email.