Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Assessment of environmental regulations for aircraft

Coming in August 2019 – changes to the process for aircraft eligible to be Deemed under Section 12 of the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018. Click here to learn more

All civil aircraft operating in Australia are required to comply with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 and Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 regardless of size, purpose or ownership.

Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the regulations. This is usually met by meeting the standards outlined in:

  • International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 16—International standards and recommended practices, Environmental protection, Volume I – Aircraft noise and Volume II – Aircraft engine emissions


  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, Chapter I—Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Subchapter C—Aircraft, Part 34—Fuel Venting and exhaust emission requirements for turbine engine powered airplanes, and  Part 36—Noise standards: Aircraft type and airworthiness certification.

Airservices has been assisting the aviation industry to meet Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 since 1999. From December 2015, under delegation by the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department), Airservices also confirm that aircraft meet the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 (Regulation 4) through existing international certification.

Airservices can assist aircraft operators in meeting these requirements by identifying which of the sub-regulations, as outlined below, apply to their specific aircraft.

Figure 1: Overview of Airservices assessment of environmental regulations for aircraft.

Figure 1: Overview of Airservices assessment of environmental regulations for aircraft.

An aircraft environmental assessment is advised if the operator:

  • adds an aircraft to the Australian Civil Register
  • operates an aircraft that has previously been assessed in accordance with the Regulations but has been modified which may affect its noise characteristics
  • operates a foreign-registered aircraft in Australia
  • changes ownership or registration of aircraft holding a 14(3)(a) permit.

Further information on each of the environmental regulations and the services offered by Airservices is available below:

To apply for an Aircraft Environmental Assessment, please complete the Aircraft Environmental Assessment form.

All applicants will be required to submit a Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS). Depending on the aircraft noise assessment application required, further evidence may be requested. The TCDS and any additional information will be requested by email once your application is submitted.

For more information on the assessment process, please see our frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer for which you are looking, please contact the Aircraft Noise Assessment team by email.