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.


Albany WA

As part of the WW1 Centenary commemorative events the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will restage the departure of the Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Force from Albany, WA.

Inclusive of this event will be naval gun firing, ship borne and land based.

Residents can expect an increase of military aircraft in the Albany area between 3-7 November 2014.

Perth Airport

Essential work is being carried out on the main runway (03/21) and the associated taxiway system from 12 October until 30 November 2014, which has resulted in Runway 03 having a displaced threshold. This may result in the cross runway being used more often and some aircraft departing to the north off Runway 03 may be lower than usual.

Townsville QLD

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises between 13 and 30 October 2014 (excluding weekends). Aircraft will include F/A 18, PC9 and military helicopters. Residents can expect increased military activity in the Flying Training areas and in the vicinity of the airport.  There will also be night vision operations.

Shoalwater Bay/Rockhampton QLD—military exercises

The Royal Australian Air Force will be conducting tactical exercises in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas from 15 September to 18 November 2014, inclusive. Exercise aircraft will be departing Rockhampton aerodrome and flying to Shoalwater Bay and there will be live firing from the ground and unmanned aerial vehicles at Shoalwater Bay. Residents in both Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay can expect an increase in aviation activity with associated noise.

Realigned flight path at Mildura VIC—November 2014

At the request of the airport, navigation aids at Mildura Airport have been replaced and relocated 800 metres to the west of the main runway. As a result, four flight paths are being realigned. Find out more.

Brisbane Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit—15-16 November 2014

The 2014 G20 Leaders Summit will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane and will be the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has hosted. As a result, there is expected to be an increase in air traffic at Brisbane Airport.  Find out more information on our G20 page.

Aerial inspections of power lines and poles, NSW

Aerial inspections of powerlines and poles will be carried out at various locations around New South Wales in September and October. Both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft may be used for these low-level operations.

Locations include the greater Sydney region, Southern NSW and ACT including  Bega, Yass, Cooma, Wagga, Griffith and Canberra; Central NSW including Orange, Parkes and Mudgee; the Central Coast, Muswellbrook and Newcastle area; and Northern NSW including Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Lismore, Grafton, Narrabri and surrounding areas.

Williamtown, NSW—military training

During September and October 2014 military aircraft from RAAF Base Willilamtown will conduct weapons delivery training at Salt Ash Air Weapons Range

Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage may be affected by this activity.

Members of the community can get further information on 1800 033 200 or go to the Royal Australian Air Force’s website.

Modified flight path—Brisbane, QLD December 2014

Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. Find out more.

New Bankstown, NSW, arrival flight path—November 2014

Airservices will change an existing flight path to Bankstown Airport from November 2014.  Find out more.

Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA

For one year, from 22 August 2013,  there has been a trial to change a portion of a flight path south-east of Perth. Find out more

The modified flight path trial is finishing the one-year trial on 22 August 2014. A post implementation review will take place and while that is in progress the trial route will continue to be used.

A Post Implementation Review report will be produced which will be made available to the public on the Airservices Australia website for comment.

At a later stage and in consultation with the Perth Airport Community Aviation Forum (previously known as the Perth Community Aviation Consultation Group) a decision on the future of the trial flight path will be made.

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.