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.


Mildura VIC, 30 May 2016
CASA will be conducting navigational testing at Mildura airport on Monday 30 May, this will include low flying and unusual flight operations.

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.

Taree, NSW 23 May 2016
Up to two RAAF Hawk 127 Fighter aircraft will conduct a flypast over Endeavour Place Boat Ramp in Queen Elizabeth Park, Taree on Monday 23 May at approximately 11.15 am. The aircraft will be at 500ft and the flypast is in support of Marine Rescue Port Stephens Boat Launch.

Change to Noise Complaints and Information Service contact methods 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.

Sydney and Melbourne, May 2016
The Australian Defence Force will conduct counter terrorism training in Sydney and Melbourne during May 2016. This will occur both day and night at different locations. There will be increased movements of Army helicopters and other vehicle around areas used for the exercise.

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.

Cowley Beach North QLD 25 May – 5 June 2016
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting exercise Sea Explorer, an amphibious training activity in the vicinity of Cowley Beach. Multiple military helicopters and APC3 aircraft will be conducting a range of low level tactical flying activities in the area.

Cultana Training Areas SA 25 May – 5 June 2016
The Australian Army will be conducting Exercise Predators Gallop at the Cultana Training areas. The exercise includes armed reconnaissance helicopters and FA18 aircraft conducting live fire missions.

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.