The Australian Government recognises concerns in the community about the negative effects of aircraft noise on everyday life. The Government takes the management of aircraft noise and its associated effects on communities very seriously and every effort is made to implement procedures and practices that minimise the impact of aircraft noise whilst ensuring aviation safety.
The Department is committed to ensuring that the environmental impacts of aircraft noise are minimised and that Australian airports operate in a manner compatible with the expectations of neighbouring communities. In its 2009 Aviation White Paper, the Government committed to a range of initiatives to address the impact of aircraft noise. These initiatives have included banning older, noisier aircraft from Australian airports, implementing improved community consultation measures, improving land-use planning around airports, and the introduction of an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.
The following links provide information about the review of Australian Standard 2021, airport curfews, noise regulations, noise disclosure and building insulation programs.
The section contains information about the review of Australian Standard AS 2021-2000: Acoustics—Aircraft noise intrusion—Building siting and construction.
This section contains general information airport curfews, as well as information about the curfews at Sydney, Adelaide, Essendon and Coolangatta 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 transparent noise descriptors in the assessment and management of aircraft noise. 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 Programs.
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:
- by phone on 1800 802 584 (freecall); or
- via its website.
Further information can also be obtained from: