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.


Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport  November 2018
Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport on 8 November 2018. The airspace changes are required to meet new regulations to safely manage incoming flights on approach to Melbourne Airport. There will be no changes to the current flight paths. The change requires aircraft to fly slightly lower (500ft) during a small section of their final approach. Environmental assessments indicate there will be no discernible increase in aircraft noise on the ground. For more information on the changes, or to provide feedback, please visit the Airservices website.

Brisbane temporary arrival route changes for World Parachuting Championships 3-14 October 2018
Airservices will implement a temporary route to ensure aircraft arriving in to Brisbane Airport remain clear of restricted airspace during the World Parachuting Championships over Southport on the Gold Coast. On 14 October 2018, once the championships are completed, the temporary route will be removed and arriving aircraft from the south will revert to existing flight paths into Brisbane Airport. For more information read our fact sheet.

Brisbane Airport Helicopter and Light Aircraft Routes 1 November 2018
Airservices will implement standard flight path routes to and from Brisbane Airport for helicopters and light aircraft from 1 November 2018. This change formalises the routes by publishing them in aeronautical documents. This allows pilots to lodge flight plans for flights on these routes and improves how that information is displayed using the air traffic control radar system, particularly for departing light aircraft. or more information read our fact sheet.

Melbourne Airport 24 September 2018
Due to required runway maintenance, the north-south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed from 00:30am to 4:30am on Monday 24 September.

Sydney NSW 22 – 23 September 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Sydney Airport on Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September. Residents around the airport may notice an aircraft conducting unusual and low flying patterns on these days.

Inverell, Newcastle / Williamtown, and Tamworth Airports 25 – 26 September 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Inverell, Newcastle / Williamtown, and Tamworth airports on Tuesday 25 September and Wednesday 26 September. Residents around these airports may notice an aircraft conducting an unusual and low flying pattern on these days.

Townsville QLD 10 – 30 September 2018
Elements of the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA). Residents can expect an increase in military activity at Townsville aerodrome and in the TFTA. Operations will include both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and night vision operations.

Rockhampton QLD 19 Sept – 17 November 2018
Military exercises will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas (SWBTA). Exercises will include C130 transport and military helicopters operating from Rockhampton aerodrome and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the SWBTA areas. Live firing from both ground based and aerial platforms will occur throughout the entire SWBTA. Military aircraft will avoid promulgated sensitive/mustering areas.

Military Helicopters in Sydney and Canberra September 2018
A military training exercise will be held around Sydney Harbour, and in Majura in Canberra, in mid-September. The exercise will be conducted during both day and night hours and will involve military helicopters. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Military Exercise Regional NSW September 2018
A military exercise will be occur in regional NSW in September, involving day and night training. Flying activities will include low-level flying, delivering cargo and paratroopers to drop zones, and formation flying. Flying is expected to be centred on RAAF Base Richmond and the Western Sydney and Blue Mountains area, with missions to Walcha, Lake Cargelligo, Gilgandra, Warren, and Albury. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Townsville QLD 10 to 23 September 2018
A military exercise will be conducted at RAAF Base Townsville and in surrounding airspace over the period 10 to 23 September 2018. Local residents may notice an increase in military flights. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Perth Airport August to November 2018
Due to works at Perth Airport during this period, there will be a number of runway closures or restrictions. Details on these can be found on the airport website.

Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay Training area QLD 19 September to 17 November 2018
A military exercise will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training area, north of Rockhampton between 19 September and 17 November. A number of fixed wing and helicopters will operate both day and night during this time with some military flights occurring to and from Rockhampton Airport.

Aerial survey SW Victoria August to October 2018
A low-level geological aerial survey will take place over 12 weeks from August 2018 in the council areas of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Southern Grampians and Glenelg. Fixed-wing aircraft conducting the survey will operate down to 500ft or 1000ft over residential areas in daylight. Once the survey begins, updates of the aircrafts’ movements can be found at

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.