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.


Noise Complaints and Information Service Christmas Shutdown
Due to the Christmas holiday period the Noise Complaints and Information Service will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 until Monday 8 January 2018. Complaints and enquiries can still be registered with Airservices Australia via the website .

Recent 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. Please click here for more information. Airservices have carefully considered concerns raised by the community regarding these changes. Following a review to identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents, Airservices intends to implement an alternative flight path into Hobart Airport based on safety, air traffic management and community feedback. More information on the implementation of the alternative flight path and a Review Report describing the change process and community consultation can be found at this link.

Melbourne VIC 14 December 2017
Due to required runway maintenance works Runway 09/27 will be closed on Thursday 14 December 2017 between the hours of 10:00 and 15:30. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic.

Aerial Spraying northern NSW areas until Friday 8 December 2017
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes will be undertaken by the Tweed Shire Council in the Tumbulgum, Bilambil, Smiths, Cobaki and Mahers Lane areas weather permitting. This will involve low-level flying.

Sydney NSW 22 December 2017 to 03 January 2018
Due to preparation requirements for the Sydney News Year’s Eve Fireworks Displays, areas along the harbour will be restricted to aircraft operations. This may result in residents noticing an increase of, or concentration of aircraft in other areas along the harbour.

Sydney NSW 31 December 2017
On Sunday the 31st December there will be a number of aviation activities over the harbour as part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The will include; a formation flypast between 17:50 and 18:20, aerobatic displays between 19:50 and 20:20 and fireworks displays.

RAAF Base Richmond NSW
Aerial firefighting aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Richmond during the bushfire season. Local residents may notice increased firefighting aircraft activity including the C-130 Large Air Tanker ‘Thor’, and DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker over the summer months.

Townsville QLD 23 November-15 December 2017
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA). Residents can expect an increase of military activity in the vicinity of Townsville aerodrome and in the TFTA. Within the TFTA low level, high speed jet aircraft and helicopters will be operating on random tracks.

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 and Regional Development.

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.