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 | May 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.

Perth and RAAF Base Pearce WA 21 and 22 June 2018
As part of graduation celebrations a low level aerobatics display will be conducted over RAAF Base Pearce at both 3pm on Thursday 21 June and at 11am on Friday 22 June.  Formation flypasts will be conducted by a number of PC-9/A aircraft overhead Perth at approximately the same times. Further information can be found on the RAAF website.

Williamtown RAAF Base NSW 21 June 2018
As part of graduation ceremonies up to 14 F/A-18A/B hornet aircraft will conduct flypast manoeuvres over RAAF Base Williamtown at approximately 10am on Thursday 21 June. Further information can be found on the RAAF website.

Richmond NSW 26 June 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Richmond Air Base on Tuesday 26 June 2018. Residents in the local vicinity may notice an unusual and low flying pattern.

Townsville QLD 04 – 19 June 2018
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will participate in a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA) over the period 01-19 June 2018. Operations will involve increased aviation activity in the TFTA and at Townsville Airport. The operations will include low level fast jets and helicopter activities.

Evans Head NSW 11 to 19 June 2018
Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct operational training at Evans Head Air Weapons Range, near Evans Head from 11 June to 19 June 2018. Some low level flying will be involved. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Rockhampton and Townsville QLD 14 May – 01 July 2018
Elements of the Australian Defence Force will be conducting activities within and in the vicinity of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) during the period 14 May to 01 July 2018. Military fixed and rotary wing aircraft will be operating from Townsville, Amberley and Rockhampton airports and from maritime platforms. Live firing activities will take place throughout the SWBTA inland ranges and Townshend Island. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) will be operating in the SWBTA areas. Military aircraft will avoid known areas of sensitivity and mustering.

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.