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

Aircraft noise

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.


Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport  November 2018
Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport on 8 November 2018. The airspace changes are required to meet new regulations to safely manage incoming flights on approach to Melbourne Airport. There will be no changes to the current flight paths. The change requires aircraft to fly slightly lower (500ft) during a small section of their final approach. Environmental assessments indicate there will be no discernible increase in aircraft noise on the ground. For more information on the changes, or to provide feedback, please visit the Airservices website.

Sydney NSW 18 and 19 August 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Sydney Airport on Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August. Residents around the airport may notice unusual and low flying patterns on these days.

Avalon and East Sale VIC 21 to 23 August 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at and around Avalon Airport on Tuesday 21 August and at East Sale on Thursday 23 August. Residents around the airports may notice unusual and low flying patterns.

Outback Air Race Archerfield QLD to Broome WA 19 to 31 August 2018
Approximately 40 aircraft will take part in the Outback Air Race which will depart from Archerfield in Queensland on Sunday 19 August with the aircraft tracking through the outback to Broome in northern Western Australia by Friday 31 August. This is a fundraising event for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

New South Wales Airports 20 to 24 August 2018
Required navigation aid calibration will occur at a number of New South Wales airports between Monday 20 August and Friday 24 August. These airports include Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Lord Howe Island, Port Macquarie, and Williamtown. Residents in the vicinity of these airports may notice unusual and low flying patterns during this time.

Darwin NT 31 Aug –  15 Sept 2018
Elements of the Australian and international defence forces will conduct a wide range of tactical flying exercises and naval firing exercises off the north coast of Australia between the period 31 August to 15 September 2018. Aircraft will be operating from Darwin Airport. Residents may notice an increase of military activity in the vicinity of Darwin Airport.

Birdsville Races QLD 29 Aug-3 Sept 2018
Large numbers of aircraft are expected to fly into and out of Birdsville over the period 29 August to 3 September 2018 for the annual race meeting. Operations are expected to commence at 12:00 EST on the 29th and cease at 12:00 EST on the 3rd.

Aerial survey SW Victoria August to October 2018
A low-level geological aerial survey will take place over 12 weeks from August 2018 in the council areas of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Southern Grampians and Glenelg. Fixed-wing aircraft conducting the survey will operate down to 500ft or 1000ft over residential areas in daylight. Once the survey begins, updates of the aircrafts’ movements can be found at

Toowoomba region QLD mid-July to late August 2018
The Australian Army will be conducting aircraft training including low flying helicopters, in the Toowoomba region of Queensland from mid-July to late August. Between 7 August and the 21 August night time and early morning training will occur. This is to allow training under specific moon illumination conditions. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Townsville region QLD mid to late August 2018
The Australian Army will be conducting aircraft training in the Townsville and surrounding area from mid-August to late August. This training will include low flying helicopters and will occur during the afternoon and the evening. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Newcastle/Williamtown NSW 23 July to 24 August 2018
RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk aircraft will conduct fighter training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from Monday 23 July to Friday 24 August on weekdays only. Further activity is expected through to November. More information can be found here.

Northern Territory 27 July – 17 August 2018
Elements of Australian and International military forces will be conducting exercise Pitch Black 2018 over the period 27 July to 17 august 2018. The exercise involves a wide range of tactical flying exercises across northern Australia, with aircraft operating from Darwin and Tindal Airports.

Flying will occur:
30 July – 2 August:

  • 08:30 to 12:30
  • 14:00 to 18:00
  • 19:00 to 22:00

6 – 17 August (no flying on weekends)

  • 11:30 to 15:30
  • 19:00 to 23:00

Military aircraft will plan to avoid known sensitive areas and high-density tourist aviation activity areas.

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.

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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.