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

Aircraft noise

The aviation industry is vital for a myriad of business, tourism, social and freight activities that the Australian economy and society rely upon. 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.


Canberra – 8 December 2016
During the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduation Parade on 8 December 2016, C-130J, Hawk Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and Royal Australian Navy helicopters will conduct two fly past displays between 0900 and 1100.

Noise Complaints and Information Service – Christmas closure
The Noise Complaints and Information Service will be closed for the Christmas holiday period from 5pm Thursday 22 December 2016 until 9am Tuesday 10 January 2017. There will be no telephone service available during the closure period, however complaints can still be lodged via WebTrak, the online form, and by mail addressed to: Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211, Mascot NSW 1460. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Richmond, Hawkesbury and rural New South Wales 30 November – 9 December 2016
Tactical training by a C-130J Hercules, including low-level flying, will occur in the Richmond, Hawkesbury and rural New South Wales areas between 30 November to 9 December. Night flying will also occur, as well as dispensing of flares in airspace over RAAF Base Richmond.

Flight Checks Victoria and South Australia 5 – 11 December 2016
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting revalidation flight checks at sixteen Victorian and two South Australian aerodromes from 5 to 11 December. The aerodromes to be checked are Avalon, Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Essendon, Hamilton, Horsham, Mangalore, Melbourne, Moorabbin, Mt Hotham,  Portland, Pt Cook, Stawell, Tooradin and Warrnambool in Victoria, and Mt Gambier and Naracoorte in South Australia.

A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes which will involve checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles. Some low level flying can be expected.

Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast residents now have the ability to track aircraft from Beeburrum in the south, to Kin Kin in the north using WebTrak.

Military flying activity NSW and ACT – November and December 2016
The Australian Defence Force will conduct training exercises in November and December at several locations in Sydney, Canberra, Illawarra, Port Kembla, and Wakefield Park, using military aircraft. Additionally a Royal Australian Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft will be used to conduct parachute training in NSW in November. More information can be found on the Australian Army website.
The Australian Defence Force Aircraft Noise Information line is 1300 333 362.

Implementation of Smart Tracking procedures on Runway 16 at Melbourne Airport – 10 November 2016
To enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Melbourne Airport, Airservices is implementing a new international standard Smart Tracking procedure on Runway 16 to improve safety, noise and emission outcomes for Melbourne Airport.

Regular international freight services to commence at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – 22 November 2016
Cathay Pacific Airways will commence operating a 747-8F international weekly scheduled air cargo service out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport between Toowoomba and Hong Kong on 22 November 2016. For further information go to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport website.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review
In March 2015, Airservices announced three proposals to change air traffic management for Perth Airport. Two of these proposals were implemented in 2015 once environmental assessment and community consultation processes were completed.

Airservices committed to conduct a review of each change not before 12 months after implementation to ensure that seasonal variation was taken into account. Preferred runways review Post Implementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways report has now been published and the introduction of Smart Tracking review report will be published by end December 2016. Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference for these changes is available.

Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the Environmental Impact Statement for the new Western Sydney Airport. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

International flights to commence at Canberra Airport – 21 September 2016
Singapore Airlines ‘Capital Express’ commence operating Canberra’s first regularly scheduled international service to two destinations – Canberra to Singapore and Canberra to Wellington (New Zealand) on 21 September. The ‘Capital Express’ service includes non-stop flights four times a week, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. Further information on Singapore Airlines schedules and flights.

Existing flight paths will be used and noise abatement procedures will be followed wherever possible.  Information and communication on international services is ongoing with the Canberra Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group. Noise monitoring is being scheduled following the commencement of services. Results will be made available to the Canberra Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group and on the Airservices website.

South Australia 21 November – 6 December  2016
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be conducting flying operations of the HERON Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in the Woomera Restricted Areas and Cultana Training Area. Operations are expected to commence at 8.30am local and cease at 3.30pm local.

Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study
The validation study shows on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that is likely to cause sleep disturbance. This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion (of three flights) for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement.

Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further. We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.

Darwin arrivals and departures – 26 May 2016
Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May.

Change to Noise Complaints and Information Service contact methods from 10 June 2016
From Friday 10 June complaints and enquiries lodged via email will be required to use our online form. This will ensure that we have all the relevant information to provide you with a timely response.

Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary – updated
The Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary has been updated in response to recommendations by the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman in the Investigation into complaints about the Perth noise improvement proposals November 2015

Buying or moving into a new home?

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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.