Regulations for

Aircraft noise

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

As an aircraft operator/owner you have responsibility to ensure your aircraft meets these regulations.

Eligibility to operate the aircraft in compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 does not override any conditions on operation of your 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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Meeting the


There are multiple ways that aircraft operators and owners can meet the Regulations. The most appropriate method will depend on the aircraft model, age and how the aircraft is operated. Options include the following:

Please access our aircraft noise flow chart for details on the process, including required documentation for each of the aircraft noise services available.

If you are uncertain which option 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.

Changes to

The deemed process

We worked with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to speed up and simplify the Deemed process, for aircraft owners. Previously assessment for the Deemed path was undertaken though the standard Aircraft Environmental Assessment form. This process changed in August 2019.

By moving Deemed assessments to the self-service portal, you can confirm that your aircraft meets the requirements on your own. For most aircraft, this will:

  • Only require access to the aircraft’s flight manual (AFM) or pilot operating handbook (POH)
  • Take approximately 15 minutes, or less, per aircraft.

Because the Regulations only require proof, often through the AFM/POH, for an aircraft to be Deemed - you will only need to carry your AFM/POH in the aircraft.

Access the Deemed self-service portal here

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Frequently asked questions

Compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018
About the deemed self-service portal
Applying for an Australian noise certificate
Applying for a permit to operate without a noise certificate (under Section 14(3)(a))