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

Aircraft noise regulations and assessment process

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

Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the Regulations.

Aircraft types that fall into one of the following categories do not require a noise assessment or certificate as the aircraft is specified as exempt from the Regulations:

  • a state aircraft
  • a hot air balloon
  • a propeller-driven aircraft that is specifically designed, and used exclusively, for:
      1. aerobatic purposes
      2. firefighting purposes
      3. agricultural operations
      4. environmental operations.

Under delegation by the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department), Airservices can assist the aircraft operator/owner to meet the Regulations by doing one of the following:

  1. for aircraft intending to operate without a noise certificate, Airservices provides the following services:
    • deeming the aircraft to meet the Regulations (Section 12).The Deemed path is a method of compliance available to aircraft engaging in air navigation within Australia only through Section 12 (Deemed) of the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018. For aircraft intending to undertake international air navigation, Deemed is not appropriate. Most aircraft owners/operators should be able to check their evidence in approximately 15 minutes. Access the Deemed self-service portal here.
    • providing a permit to operate without a noise certificate if the requirements of Section 14(3)(a) are satisfied. Note: a permit cannot be used for operations during the curfew period at relevant airports. To apply for a permit to operate without a noise certificate, please complete the Aircraft Environmental Assessment form available here. Standard processing time is 5-10 business days.
  1.  for aircraft intending to operate with an Australian Noise Certificate, Airservices can provide the following services:
    • issuing an Australian Noise Certificate (Section 9) in accordance with clause 1.5 of ICAO Annex 16, Part II Chapter 1.An Australian Noise Certificate is generally accepted as evidence of compliance under ICAO, Annex 16, Volume I and therefore may be more appropriate for aircraft undertaking international air navigation. Note – While ICAO, Annex 16, Volume I, II-1-1.8 specifies: “Contracting States shall recognize as valid a noise certification granted by another Contracting State provided that the requirements under which such certification was granted are at least equal to the applicable Standards specified in this Annex” this does not guarantee acceptance by foreign states. Such decisions are at the discretion of each individual state, based on their specific regulations and evidence requirements. To apply for an Australian Noise Certificate, please complete the Aircraft Environmental Assessment form available here. Minimum processing time of 2-4 weeks, once all evidence has been submitted.

Please access the  aircraft noise flow chart for details on the process, including required documentation for each of the aircraft noise services provided by Airservices.

Please note, an application which falls into one of the below categories will be referred to the Department for permission to operate:

  • historical aircraft [Section 14(3)(b)]
  • adventure flights/airshows [Section 14(3)(d)]
  • non-scheduled flight/public interest [Section 14(3)(c) or 19(1)]

Further information on the above categories is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development website.

Application for an aircraft noise assessment

Airservices supports three methods of compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018.

Compliance demonstrated through the aircraft being deemed to hold an Australian Noise Certificate is the fastest and most common method of compliance for Australian aircraft. Access the Deemed self-service portal here to confirm if the aircraft is eligible.

If the aircraft is not eligible to be Deemed, please complete the Aircraft Noise Assessment form to request an Australian Noise Certificate or Permit to operate without a noise certificate.

If you are uncertain which method of compliance is most suitable for your aircraft, please use the Deemed self-service portal which will assist you to identify the most suitable method of compliance.

Changes to the Deemed process

The process for determining eligibility for the Deemed path changed on 1 August 2019. Previously assessment for the Deemed path is undertaken by Airservices though the standard Aircraft Environmental Assessment form.

Airservices completes assessments for approximately 300 aircraft each year. In 2018, 55% of these assessments were for aircraft which hold existing international noise certification and were assessed as Deemed (under Section 12). Airservices have worked with the Department to speed up and simplify the Deemed process, for aircraft owners.

Why does the current process need to change?
For a Deemed assessment:

  • You need to submit an application and a minimum of three pieces of supporting evidence.
  • Assessments take 5-10 business days to be completed by Airservices and returned.

By moving Deemed assessments to the self-service portal, aircraft owner’s can confirm they meet this, on their own. For most aircraft, this will:

  • Only require access to the aircraft’s flight manual (AFM) or pilot operating handbook (POH).
  • Take approximately 15 minutes, or less, per aircraft.

How has Deemed assessments change?

You no longer need to apply to Airservices for an assessment to confirm that an aircraft holds existing international aircraft noise certification. The self-service portal will help you confirm this, instead.

The self-service portal means that you use your own aircraft’s AFM or POH to check that your aircraft meets the Regulations. And if you can show this, then eligibility has been confirmed.

Because the Regulations only require proof through the AFM/POH for an aircraft to be Deemed, you will only need to carry your AFM/POH in the aircraft.

More information?
The factsheet ‘Introducing the Deemed self-service portal’ can be downloaded here and includes additional information on the new Deemed self-service portal.

The Airservices team are available to help you through your first use of the self-service portal and a library of Frequently Asked Questions is available, to assist you if you are using the portal outside of business hours.

Special note

Eligibility to operate the aircraft in compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 does not override any conditions on operation of the aircraft which have been specified under any other Acts, Regulations, Orders or Instructions administered by Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or other relevant Federal or State authorities (for example, curfew restrictions).