Aircraft Noise

All civil aircraft operating in Australia are required to comply with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) regardless of size, purpose or ownership.

Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the Regulations.

Aircraft types that fall into one of the following categories do not require a noise assessment or certificate as the aircraft is specified as exempt from the Regulations:

  • a state aircraft
  • a hot air balloon
  • a propeller-driven aircraft that is specifically designed, and used exclusively, for:
      1. aerobatic purposes
      2. firefighting purposes
      3. agricultural operations
      4. environmental operations.

Under delegation by the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department), Airservices can assist the aircraft operator/owner to meet the Regulations by doing one of the following:

  1. for aircraft intending to operate without a noise certificate, Airservices provides the following services:
    • deeming the aircraft to meet the Regulations (Section 12).The Deemed path is a method of compliance available to aircraft engaging in air navigation within Australia only through Section 12 (Deemed) of the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018. For aircraft intending to undertake international air navigation, Deemed is not appropriate. Most aircraft owners/operators should be able to check their evidence in approximately 15 minutes. Access the Deemed self-service portal here.
    • providing a permit to operate without a noise certificate if the requirements of Section 14(3)(a) are satisfied. Note: a permit cannot be used for operations during the curfew period at relevant airports. To apply for a permit to operate without a noise certificate, please complete the Aircraft Environmental Assessment form available here. Standard processing time is 5-10 business days.
  1.  for aircraft intending to operate with an Australian Noise Certificate, Airservices can provide the following services:
    • issuing an Australian Noise Certificate (Section 9) in accordance with clause 1.5 of ICAO Annex 16, Part II Chapter 1. An Australian Noise Certificate is generally accepted as evidence of compliance under ICAO, Annex 16, Volume I and therefore may be more appropriate for aircraft undertaking international air navigation. Note – While ICAO, Annex 16, Volume I, II-1-1.8 specifies: “Contracting States shall recognize as valid a noise certification granted by another Contracting State provided that the requirements under which such certification was granted are at least equal to the applicable Standards specified in this Annex” this does not guarantee acceptance by foreign states. Such decisions are at the discretion of each individual state, based on their specific regulations and evidence requirements. To apply for an Australian Noise Certificate, please complete the Aircraft Environmental Assessment form available here. Minimum processing time of 2-4 weeks, once all evidence has been submitted.

Please access the  aircraft noise flow chart for details on the process, including required documentation for each of the aircraft noise services provided by Airservices.

Please note, an application which falls into one of the below categories will be referred to the Department for permission to operate:

  • historical aircraft [Section 14(3)(b)]
  • adventure flights/airshows [Section 14(3)(d)]
  • non-scheduled flight/public interest [Section 14(3)(c) or 19(1)]

Further information on the above categories is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

Application for an aircraft noise assessment

Airservices supports three methods of compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018.

Compliance demonstrated through the aircraft being deemed to hold an Australian Noise Certificate is the fastest and most common method of compliance for Australian aircraft. Access the Deemed self-service portal here to confirm if the aircraft is eligible.

If the aircraft is not eligible to be Deemed, please complete the Aircraft Noise Assessment form to request an Australian Noise Certificate or Permit to operate without a noise certificate.

If you are uncertain which method of compliance is most suitable for your aircraft, please use the Deemed self-service portal which will assist you to identify the most suitable method of compliance.

Special note

Eligibility to operate the aircraft in compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 does not override any conditions on operation of the aircraft which have been specified under any other Acts, Regulations, Orders or Instructions administered by Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or other relevant Federal or State authorities (for example, curfew restrictions).

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