Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.


Airservices recognises its responsibility to protect the value of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage in sites under its ownership and control, in keeping with its existing environmental commitments.

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices is required to identify places that are likely to have Commonwealth heritage values, as listed in the Commonwealth Heritage criteria.

Airservices has released its updated Heritage Strategy 2018-2020, to demonstrate how the organisation is meeting its heritage obligations under the EPBC Act. The organisation also keeps a publicly-accessible heritage register identifying equipment or sites under Airservices ownership or control that have potential or known Commonwealth heritage value. These include air traffic control towers, navigation aids and former communications facilities.

Airservices currently sponsors the Civil Aviation Historical Society, which runs the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport. For many years, Airservices has collected and preserved a range of equipment related to its business such as air traffic control consoles, radomes, fire trucks and navigation aids. This collection is managed and preserved in the Airways Museum and, while largely historical in content, it houses equipment that may help illustrate Commonwealth heritage values of Airservices places.

To improve public access to Australia’s aviation history and contribute to its conservation, Airservices has joined with University of Canberra in a project called Connecting the Nation: Australia’s Aviation Heritage. This project will bring together dispersed sources of aviation history into a single, digital portal.


Sydney Air Traffic Control Tower No. 5 HMP

Invitation for public comment


Public comment is invited on the draft heritage management plan (HMP) prepared by Lovell Chen for Airservices Australia concerning the Air Traffic Control Tower No. 5 at Sydney Airport.  A copy of the draft HMP is available through the link here.

Airservices Australia’s air traffic control tower at Sydney Airport is of significance to Australia for embodying new architectural and technical achievement (Commonwealth Heritage List criterion F). The Commonwealth Environment Minister included the control tower in the Commonwealth Heritage List on 22 January 2016.

In accordance with section 341S of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), Airservices is developing a management plan to protect and manage the site’s Commonwealth Heritage values.

Under 341S (6) (b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices Australia invite comments on the draft heritage management plan from members of the public.

Consultation period: 20 November to 18 December 2019

Postal address: GPO Box 367, Canberra ACT 2601

Email address:

For further information please contact Paul Zissermann, Airports and Environment Manager on 02 6268 4090.