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.
Townsville QLD 23 July 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Townsville Airport on Monday 23 July. Residents around the airport may notice unusual and low flying patterns.
Pearce WA 28 to 29 July 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around the RAAF Base Pearce Airport on Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July. Residents in the local area may notice unusual and low flying patterns.
Newcastle/Williamtown NSW 23 July to 24 August 2018
RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk aircraft will conduct fighter training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from Monday 23 July to Friday 24 August on weekdays only. Further activity is expected through to November. More information can be found here.
Darwin and Tindal NT 2-26 July 2018
Elements of Australian and International military forces will be conducting a number of military training exercises over the period 2 to 26 July 2018. This activity involves a wide range of tactical flying exercises across Northern Australia, with aircraft operating from Darwin and Tindal airports.
Northern Territory 27 July – 17 August 2018
Elements of Australian and International military forces will be conducting exercise Pitch Black 2018 over the period 27 July to 17 august 2018. The exercise involves a wide range of tactical flying exercises across northern Australia, with aircraft operating from Darwin and Tindal Airports.
Flying will occur:
30 July – 2 August:
- 08:30 to 12:30
- 14:00 to 18:00
- 19:00 to 22:00
6 – 17 August (no flying on weekends)
- 11:30 to 15:30
- 19:00 to 23:00
Military aircraft will plan to avoid known sensitive areas and high-density tourist aviation activity areas.
Perth WA 13 to 15 July 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Perth Airport between Friday 13 July and Sunday 15 July. Residents in the vicinity of the airport may notice unusual and low flying patterns during this time.
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.
Buying or moving into a new home?
Think about the impact of aircraft noise at your new location. Find out more.
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.
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.