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.


Gold Coast 15 January 2017
Aerial spraying will occur in the Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale (Coombabah Lake and Bay islands) areas between 7 am and 6 pm. Residents will notice low-flying helicopters or aircraft.

Perth WA 26 January 2017

An increase of aircraft traffic will occur over the city of Perth for the Australia Day celebrations. A flying display will occur over Perth Water leading to the fireworks display.

Adelaide Coastal areas 30 January – 18 February 2017

The Australian Defence Force will be conducting trials with military ships and aircraft in the Adelaide coastal areas. The trials will include low and high level fast jet interaction with military ships as well as smaller jets, P3 Orion aircraft and military helicopters. Operations are expected to be conducted between 8 am to 5.30 pm.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at South Australia & New South Wales Airports 16 January 2017
CASA will be conducting flight safety checks at a number of South Australia and New South Wales Airports on 16 January. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles. Airports affected are Bourke in New South Wales, and Port Lincoln and Whyalla in South Australia.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at West Australia Airports 17 – 31 January 2017
CASA will be conducting flight safety checks at a number of West Australia Airports from 17 to 31 January. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles. Airports affected are Esperance, Pearce, Gin Gin, Beermullah, Perth, Kalgoorlie, and Leonora.

Air Show Evans Head NSW 7 – 8 January 2017
An air show will be held at the Evans Head Airport on 7-8 January. Air displays will be held on both days and will include some ex-military aircraft and aerobatic displays.

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.

Implementation of Smart Tracking procedures on Runway 16 at Melbourne Airport – 10 November 2016
To enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Melbourne Airport, Airservices is implementing a new international standard Smart Tracking procedure on Runway 16 to improve safety, noise and emission outcomes for Melbourne Airport.

Regular international freight services to commence at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – 22 November 2016
Cathay Pacific Airways will commence operating a 747-8F international weekly scheduled air cargo service out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport between Toowoomba and Hong Kong on 22 November 2016. For further information go to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport website.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review
In March 2015, Airservices announced three proposals to change air traffic management for Perth Airport. Two of these proposals were implemented in 2015 once environmental assessment and community consultation processes were completed.

Airservices committed to conduct a review of each change not before 12 months after implementation to ensure that seasonal variation was taken into account. Preferred runways review Post Implementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways report has now been published and the introduction of Smart Tracking review report will be published by end December 2016. Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference for these changes is available.

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 and Regional Development.

Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study
The validation study shows on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that is likely to cause sleep disturbance. This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion (of three flights) for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement.

Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further. We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.

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.

Change to Noise Complaints and Information Service contact methods from 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.

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

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.