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.


Melbourne Airport 12 December 2018
Due to required maintenance the east-west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed between 10am and 3:30pm on Wednesday 12 December.

Queensland and New South Wales 7 to 13 December 2018
RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft will undertake training missions in both Queensland, over and in the vicinity of Wondai, and in New South Wales, over and in the vicinity of Burren Junction and Walcha from Friday 7 December to Thursday 13 December. This will involve afternoon, night and weekend training flights with some low flying involved. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Port Stephens, Newcastle and Hunter Coast NSW 10 December 2018
Between 9:50am and 10:10am on Monday 10 December members of the public may observe a formation flypast of two RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and up to three F/A-18A Classic Hornet. The aircraft will track along the Port Stephens – Hunter Coast including over Newcastle City prior to landing at Williamtown / Newcastle Airport, flying as low as 250ft AGL at times. Further information and details of the route can be found on the Air Force website.

Williamtown / Newcastle Airport NSW 14 and 17 December 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation safety checks at Williamtown / Newcastle Airport on Friday 14 December and Monday 17 December. A twin-engine aircraft may be observed flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.

Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve 2018 Airspace Restrictions 22 Dec to 7 January 2019
During the period 22 Dec to 7 January 2019, access to certain areas of Sydney Harbour will be restricted due to preparation for the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Residents along the harbour may notice a concentration of air traffic in some areas due to these restrictions.

Noise Complaints and Information Service Christmas Shutdown
Due to the Christmas holiday period the Noise Complaints and Information Service will be closed from 5pm Thursday 20 December 2018 to Monday 7 January 2019. Complaints and enquiries can still be registered with Airservices Australia via the website. Complaints and enquiries will be responded to after the finish of the shutdown however there may be some delay in response time.

Townsville QLD 26 Nov – 11 Dec 2018
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will participate in a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA). Operations will involve an increase in aviation activity in the TFTA and an increase in military operations at Townsville Airport. Within the TFTA military fast jet and helicopters will be operating on random tracks; often at low levels.

Temporary flight path change in Sydney
Over the last two weeks residents of suburbs including Coogee, South Coogee, Randwick and Maroubra may have observed changes to the flight path. This is because the usual departure flight path has been temporarily suspended.

This situation has arisen due to a technical problem caused by a third party provider’s coding of flight path data into aircraft flight management systems. Airservices was notified of the issue by the airlines. Airservices is undertaking a comprehensive investigation into whether there are any safety implications and as a result, use of the flight path has temporarily been suspended.

Aircraft are currently being assigned individual headings by our air traffic controllers while the situation is being investigated. While these headings replicate the flight paths as closely as possible, an identical result cannot be achieved. As such, variance in the flight path that aircraft follow over these suburbs will continue until the issue is resolved.

Airservices is working with the third-party provider and airlines to identify and address the safety issues as quickly as possible to allow the flight path to be reinstated. It is expected this will not be completed until late November. There will be no other changes to noise sharing arrangements while this problem is investigated.

Airservices thanks you for your patience while this issue is resolved.

Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport  November 2018
Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport on 8 November 2018. The airspace changes are required to meet new regulations to safely manage incoming flights on approach to Melbourne Airport. There will be no changes to the current flight paths. The change requires aircraft to fly slightly lower (500ft) during a small section of their final approach. Environmental assessments indicate there will be no discernible increase in aircraft noise on the ground. For more information on the changes, or to provide feedback, please visit the Airservices website.

Brisbane Airport Helicopter and Light Aircraft Routes 1 November 2018
Airservices will implement standard flight path routes to and from Brisbane Airport for helicopters and light aircraft from 1 November 2018. This change formalises the routes by publishing them in aeronautical documents. This allows pilots to lodge flight plans for flights on these routes and improves how that information is displayed using the air traffic control radar system, particularly for departing light aircraft. or more information read our fact sheet.

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.