Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft noise is an inevitable by-product of aircraft operations. In Australia there are a range of legislative and other controls to manage the impact of aircraft noise.

The following links provide information on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's work in this area.

Revision of business and private charter aircraft permitted to operate during a curfew period

On 4 September 2014 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development announced public consultation is now open on updating the business and private charter aircraft less than 34,000kgs permitted to operate during a curfew period at Sydney and Adelaide Airports.

The proposed variation, announced during the 2013 federal election campaign as part of the Coalition's Policy for Aviation, is to amend the list of business and private charter aircraft permitted to operate at Sydney and Adelaide Airport during the curfew time periods to ensure that newer, quieter and more efficient aircraft can be used.

Business and private jets are aircraft which are typically designed or configured to transport small groups of people.

In recent years, new generation, quieter and more efficient aircraft models have been developed for use by private and business charters. However, at present these aircraft are not allowed to land at Sydney Airport during curfew periods—instead noisier aircraft must be used because of outdated legislative instruments.

Submissions

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will be accepting submissions until 31 October 2014. Submissions can also be provided directly to your Federal, State or Local member who can raise these submissions through the Sydney Airport Community Forum or the Adelaide Airport Consultative Committee.

Submissions can be made online, by email or in writing to:

Aircraft Operations
Aviation Environment Branch
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is collecting personal information for the purposes of receiving public submissions on the revisions to the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 and the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000 which is authorised under Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 Section 15 (6).

The Department will use this information for evaluation of proposed amendments. Unless marked as ‘in confidence’ and attached to a statement explaining why the submission or parts thereof should not be published, all submissions received will be made public through uploading to the Department’s website.

The Department’s on-line privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 7844.

  • The section contains information about Australian Standard AS 2021-2000: Acoustics—Aircraft noise intrusion—Building siting and construction.

  • This section contains information about the curfews at Sydney, Adelaide, Essendon and Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airports.

  • This section contains information about aircraft noise regulations, permit application forms and guidelines for the operation of adventure flights.

  • This area discusses the use of supplementary noise descriptors to provide additional information about aircraft noise to residents living in the vicinity of airports. Publications and the latest versions of the Department's aircraft noise transparency software, TNIP (Transparent Noise Information Package), are available for download.

  • This section provides information about the Sydney and Adelaide Aircraft Noise Insulation Programmes.

Aircraft Noise Complaints

If there are specific flights or noise concerns you would like to discuss further, these can be raised with Airservices Australia via its Noise Complaint and Information Service (NCIS). The NCIS can also provide more detailed information about current and historical aircraft movements. The NCIS can be contacted:

Further information can also be obtained from:

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Last Updated: 20 October, 2014