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.


RAAF Base Richmond NSW 17 and 18 July 2019
Up to four F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will conduct instrument training at RAAF Base Richmond. The aircraft will be conducting an instrument approach and circuit training twice each day. Training will be conducted between 10:00 and 12:00 and 14:30 and 16:30 each day.

Melbourne Airport 19 July 2019
Due to required runway maintenance at the airport, the east-west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Friday 19 July between 10am and 3:30pm. All operations will occur on the north-south runway during this time.

RAAF Base Pearce, Geraldton, Karratha, Learmonth, and Curtin Airports WA 27 July to 1 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting a number of navigation aid checks at and around Geraldton, Karratha, Learmonth, Curtin and RAAF Base Pearce Airports. RAAF Base Pearce Airport will be checked on Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July. Geraldton, Karratha, Learmonth, and Curtin can expect checks between Tuesday 30 July and Thursday 1 August. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Melbourne Airport VIC 20 and 21 July 2019
Due to required runway maintenance at the airport, the north-south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed on Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July between 00:15am and 04:30am each early morning. All operations will occur on the east-west runway during this time.

Townsville, Mackay, Bowen and Proserpine QLD July 2019
Australian and international military forces will conduct exercises in the vicinity of Townsville, Mackay, Bowen and Proserpine in July. They will be conducted both day and night, and will involve helicopters and unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information may be found on the Army website.

QLD Amberley, Townsville and Rockhampton 7 June to 4 August 2019
Australian and International military forces will be conducting a series of exercises over the period 07 June to 4 August 2019. The exercises involve a wide range of tactical flying exercises in the vicinity of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). A high number of military fixed and rotary wing aircraft will operate from the RAAF bases of Townsville (no fast jets) and Amberley and also Rockhampton Airport and maritime platforms. Exercises will include live fire and amphibious operations.

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.