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.


Flight path changes at Hobart Airport
Airservices introduced flight path changes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. These changes were made to organise aircraft movements onto standard routes. Airservices carefully considered concerns raised by the community and conducted a review to identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents. ‘Alternative 2’, arrival path as shown in the review report, will become effective on 1 March 2018. This new flight path will provide an improved noise outcome for some areas that are currently affected by aircraft noise.

Airservices is now undertaking a further review, Hobart Airspace Design Review, of the Hobart Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs). Terms of Reference for the review can be found at this linkAirservices is committed to consulting with the community and other stakeholders throughout the review process. It is anticipated that the review will take approximately 12–18 months to complete.

Information on the consultation process is now available at this link.

Melbourne Airport 28 to 30 April 2018
Due to required runway maintenance works the north-south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed from 00:30am to 4:30am on Saturday 28, Sunday 29, and Monday 30 April. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in aircraft movements in their vicinity during this time.

Gold Coast QLD 23 and 24 April 2018
Aerial mosquito treatments will be conducted on Monday 23 April between 07:00 and 18:00 weather permitting. The treatment may continue over the 24th April. Areas being treated are, Arundel, Coombabah, Helensvale, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point and the Bay Islands.

Flight path safety checks Queensland aerodromes 23 to 29 April 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation safety checks at various airports around Queensland from Monday 23 April to Sunday 29 April. The airports affected are Brisbane, Emerald, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Moranbah, Roma, Sunshine Coast, and Townsville. A low and uncommon flying pattern may be observed up to 35 kilometres from the airports.

Anzac Day flypasts at various locations 25 April 2018
Flypasts by RAAF aircraft will occur at various locations around Australia to commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April. Further details can be found on the RAAF website.

Williamtown NSW 2018
Aircraft from the RAAF Base Williamtown have commenced fighter training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range for 2018. Details of the training can be found on the Air Force website.

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.

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, Regional Development and Cities.

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.

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.