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

Aircraft noise


In response to the current global health crisis, residents in all Australian States and Territories can expect to see or hear changes to aircraft operations, including flight tracking and timing of activities.

These operations may include aircraft supporting emergency services, medical operations, and those providing important personnel movement, freight and logistics.

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.

Military Aviation activity around Australia

The Department of Defence provides a webpage that advises of aviation operation at different locations around Australia: Operations Near Me. The general public can also access information on military aircraft activity at the below links:

An overview of the Defence Force’s aircraft noise procedures can be found on the Department of Defence website.


Canberra Airport ACT from April 2020

Due to a decline in air traffic operating at Canberra Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport operator has decided to close Runway 12/30 from Friday 3 April, for the foreseeable future. Runway 17/35 will remain available 24 hours a day and all aircraft will operate on that runway.

Brisbane Airport QLD Monday 3 August 2020

Due to required runway maintenance the legacy runway will be closed from 10.30am to 4.30pm. All aircraft arriving and departing during this time will use the new parallel runway. Some suburbs may experience additional aircraft noise due to this closure. Further information can be found at the Brisbane Airport website.

Melbourne Airport VIC Each Saturday from 13 June to 29 August 2020

Due to required runway maintenance the runway intersection of both runways will be closed each Saturday evening from 11:30pm to 5:30am the following Sunday, weather permitting. In the event of unsuitable weather during the scheduled work times, these works may continue every Saturday until Saturday 29 August.

Sunshine Coast Airport QLD From Sunday 14 June 2020

The Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway opens on Sunday 14 June 2020. New flight paths will also be operational from 14 June 2020 and will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport. Further information can be found at the Airservices Engage website.

Sydney Airport NSW From 22 April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Airport will temporarily use the east-west runway (07/25) to park grounded aircraft from 22 April 2020. The parallel north-south runways will remain available for continued operations. Further information can be found at the Sydney Airport website.

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.

Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for greater Sydney basin
Our new interactive portal incorporating suburb-based information and data for suburbs within the greater Sydney basin is now live: Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood. This portal replaces previous reporting on aircraft operations and complaints in this region. The portal will be progressively expanded to cover other metropolitan areas over the coming years.

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.

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.