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.


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.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference
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 report will be published by end September 2016 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 now available.

Adelaide and surrounding areas 16 – 24 June 2016
Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly over Adelaide and surrounding areas from 16 – 24 June as part of a training exercise. Flights will occur during the afternoon and evening generally concluding by approximately 11.30pm.

Townsville QLD 27 June – 7 July 2016
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting a SAR training activity in Townsville airspace and the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA). During this time there will be an increase of aviation activity in these areas and movements at the airport. Additionally some route clearances will be revised due to this operation. Residents may notice aircraft on slightly different flight paths due to the requirement for normal operations to avoid certain areas.

Cultana SA 27 June – 14 July 2016
The Australian Army will be conducting operations in the Cultana training areas. Exercises will include armed reconnaissance helicopters and FA18 aircraft on live fire missions.

RAAF Base Edinburgh, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Woomera, South Australia 26 June – 10 July 2016
In support of the Army exercise in the Cultana training areas, up to three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will operate in the area, largely from RAAF Base Edinburgh, flying to airfields in Whyalla, Port Pirie and Woomera. Flying activity to some airfields is expected to occur until 3am during the exercise.

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 and surrounding areas, May and June 2016
Up to three US Military MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will fly in and around Perth, Western Australia, as part of joint training activity being conducted by the Australian and US Defence Forces in May and June 2016. The training will involve some low flying.

Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Validation Study – Terms of Reference now available
The Terms of Reference for the Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Validation Study is now available. The report will be completed to Final Draft stage by 6 May 2016. An independent external review will be completed by 31 May 2016. The report will be published on the Proposed flight path changes in Perth page, in full or as a summary following the external review.

Perth Airport runway works 2016
Due to an upgrade of the infrastructure at the airport the main runway (03/21) and the cross runway (06/24) will be temporarily closed at different times from April to September. This is in addition to the normal maintenance program where the main runway is closed between 7am and 12pm every second Saturday morning. Full details of both these programs can be found on Perth Airport’s website

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

Brisbane Airport Runway Works 2016
Due to the overlay upgrade of the main Runway 01/19 at Brisbane Airport, the runway will operate with a displaced threshold during the night hours at times during the period March to September 2016. From 9 May to 30 September the runway will be fully closed from midnight to 5 am. Further information can be found on Brisbane Airport’s website.

Gold Coast ILS approved by Minister – 25 January 2016
The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Warren Truss MP, approved the installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) at Gold Coast Airport. Find out more on our ILS project page.

Western Sydney Airport Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new airport in Western Sydney. It is now available for public comment.

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. More will be added soon.

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.