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.


Adelaide and surrounds SA 27 June 2019

A flypast by a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A/B Hornet Fighter and a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft will occur on Thursday 21 June. The aircraft will fly north along King William Street to Elder Park at approximately 10am. From there the aircraft will fly west to Henley Beach Jetty then north along the coast to St Kilda, before returning to RAAF Base Edinburgh at approximately 10:20am. The aircraft will fly at low altitudes, down to 900 feet (275 metres) across Adelaide City, and as low as 500 feet (153 metres) along the coast.

Melbourne Airport VIC 26 June 2019
Due to required runway maintenance at the airport, the east west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Wednesday 26 June between 10am and 3:30pm. All operations will occur on the north south runway during this time.

Perth WA June 2019
The Australian Defence Force will undertake training exercises in the greater Perth metropolitan area throughout June. A variety of vehicles including military helicopters and unmanned aerial surveillance systems will be utilised, with the training will occurring both day and night. Further information may be found on the Army website.

QLD Amberley, Townsville and Rockhampton 7 June to 4 August 2019
Australian and International military forces will be conducting a series of exercises over the period 07 June to 4 August 2019. The exercises involve a wide range of tactical flying exercises in the vicinity of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). A high number of military fixed and rotary wing aircraft will operate from the RAAF bases of Townsville (no fast jets) and Amberley and also Rockhampton Airport and maritime platforms. Exercises will include live fire and amphibious operations.

Ingham and Cowley Beach areas QLD 10 June to 5 July 2019
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting exercises in the vicinity of Ingham and Cowley Beach between 10 June and 5 July. A number of military aircraft including helicopters will be involved and some low flying can be expected.

Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW February to June 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between February and June 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft and PC-9 aircraft. Further information can be found on the Department of Defence website.

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.