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.


Sydney Harbour 26 January 2019

As part of Australia Day events a number of aviation activities will take place on Saturday 26 January over the Sydney Harbour and lower North Shore area. These activities will include flypasts and handling displays by Air Force F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, Navy Seahawk helicopters towing flags, a low-level flypast by a Qantas A380 aircraft, and a display by the Australian Army parachute team. Media helicopters may also be in the area. More information can be found on the NSW Australia Day website.

RAAF Base Williamtown NSW from 21-25 January 2019
Residents in the local area may notice the commencement of flying operations by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from this week. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Sydney Harbour NSW 23 January 2019
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will conduct a handling display rehearsal over Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 23 January between 7:00pm and 7:30pm, in preparation for Australia Day activities. The aircraft will conduct a series of passes and circuits over the Harbour, operating down to a minimum altitude of 75 metres (250ft), remaining clear of all tall structures. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

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

Pearce WA 22 to 25 January 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation safety checks at Pearce RAAF Base between Tuesday 22 January and Friday 25 January. These flights will commence prior to 6:00am on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A twin-engine aircraft may be observed flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the base including over the city and Jandakot areas.

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.

Melbourne Airport Runway closures 23 to 25 January 2019
Due to taxiway works the north/south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed each early morning between 1:30am and 5:45am, commencing on Wednesday 23 January at 1:30am and finishing at 5:45am on Friday 25 January.

Gold Coast areas 22 to 24 January 2019
The City of Gold Coast Council will undertake aerial spraying for mosquitoes on Tuesday 22 January, Wednesday 23 January and Thursday 24 January between 7:00am and 6:00pm, weather permitting. The affected areas include Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Arundel, Hope Island, Oyster Cove, Coombabah Lake and the Bay islands.

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 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.

Temporary flight path change in Sydney October 2018
Over the last two weeks residents of suburbs including Coogee, South Coogee, Randwick and Maroubra may have observed changes to the flight path. This is because the usual departure flight path has been temporarily suspended. This situation has arisen due to a technical problem caused by a third party provider’s coding of flight path data into aircraft flight management systems. Airservices was notified of the issue by the airlines. Airservices is undertaking a comprehensive investigation into whether there are any safety implications and as a result, use of the flight path has temporarily been suspended. Aircraft are currently being assigned individual headings by our air traffic controllers while the situation is being investigated. While these headings replicate the flight paths as closely as possible, an identical result cannot be achieved. As such, variance in the flight path that aircraft follow over these suburbs will continue until the issue is resolved. Airservices is working with the third-party provider and airlines to identify and address the safety issues as quickly as possible to allow the flight path to be reinstated. It is expected this will not be completed until late November. There will be no other changes to noise sharing arrangements while this problem is investigated. Airservices thanks you for your patience while this issue is resolved.

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.