Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Aircraft noise

Aircraft noise is an unavoidable consequence of aviation activity. Airservices works with partners in the aviation industry to minimise the impacts of aircraft noise on communities around airports. Its role involves:

  • ensuring that flight departures and arrivals are designed to minimise noise impacts
  • providing information about aircraft noise
  • monitoring aircraft noise around major airports
  • providing a national Noise Complaints and Information Service.

Airservices seeks opportunities to minimise aircraft noise, for example by trialling new procedures. Often these trials are undertaken as a result of issues raised by communities. Airservices publishes reports on these trials and reviews, which are available on airport information pages. Airservices also undertakes periodic reviews of existing noise abatement procedures at airports. Airservices commitment to Aircraft Noise Management informs the community on our commitment  to minimising and, where possible, reducing the impact of aircraft noise with a view to achieving world’s best practice in aircraft noise management. Airservices and Australian Airports Association have developed a website with more information on aircraft noise.

For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.


Gold Coast areas 23 & 24 May 2019
The City of Gold Coast will undertake aerial spraying for mosquitoes on Thursday 23 May and possibly Friday 24 May between 6:30am and 6:30pm. Areas to be treated will include Arundel, Coombabah, Coombabah Lake, Coomera Waters, Helensvale, Jacobs Well, Pimpama, Rocky Point, and the Bay islands.

Queensland Airports and Helicopter landing sites 31 May to 8 June 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid and revalidation checks at and around a number of airports in Queensland between 31 May and 8 June. These include Atherton, Bowen, Bundaberg, Cairns, Chillagoe, Chinchilla, Georgetown, Hamilton Island, Ingham, Innisfail, Kingaroy, Mareeba, Palm Island, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Thangool, and Townsville. A twin-engine aircraft may be observed flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.

Helicopter landing sites to be revalidated include Mossman Hospital, Wujal Wujal, and Tully Hospital. A helicopter will be used for these revalidations.

Melbourne and Hobart mid-to-late May 2019
The Australian Defence Force will conduct training exercises in both Melbourne and Hobart in mid-to-late May. Activities will occur during both day and night and will involve military helicopters as well as other vehicles. Further information can be found on the Army website .

Melbourne Airport 23 May 2019
Due to required runway maintenance at Melbourne Airport, the east/west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Thursday 23 May between 10:00am and 3:30pm. All air traffic will operate on the north/south runway during this time.

Ingham and Cowley Beach areas QLD 10 June to 5 July 2019
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting exercises in the vicinity of Ingham and Cowley Beach between 10 June and 5 July. A number of military aircraft including helicopters will be involved and some low flying can be expected.

Rockhampton Airport, Townsville Airport, Amberley Airport and Shoalwater Bay, QLD 7 June to 4 August 2019
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting exercises in the Shoalwater Bay area between 7 June and 4 August, involving a high number of military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Some military aircraft will operate out of Rockhampton, Townsville, and Amberley airports and local residents may notice an increase in aviation activity. Some civilian aircraft may be required to divert around the exercises.

Darwin and Tindal NT 29 April to 28 May 2019
Australian and international military forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying exercises across northern Australia, with aircraft operating from Darwin and Tindal. Residents can expect increased military flying at both airports. There will be no flying on weekends. Flying will generally occur in the morning and afternoon in three hour blocks. Some days will include blocks in the late evening until 23:00 local.

Perth Airport 1 April to 25 May 2019
Due to required runway and taxiway works at Perth Airport, the east/west runway, Runway 06/24, will be closed from Monday 1 April to Saturday 25 May, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Further information can be found on the Perth Airport website.

Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW February to June 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between February and June 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft and PC-9 aircraft. Further information can be found on the Department of Defence website.

Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
As part of proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. This report will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.

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Fact sheets and information packs

Downloadable fact sheets and regional noise information packs are now available.

Noise Information Reports

Our noise information reports are now available.

Noise commitment

Airservices Commitment to Aircraft Noise Management informs the community and aviation industry on how it intends to address collaboratively the impact of aircraft noise and was released in early November 2013.