Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The National Airports Safeguarding Framework

The National Airports Safeguarding Framework is a national land use planning framework that aims to:

  • improve community amenity by minimising aircraft noise-sensitive developments near airports; and
  • improve safety outcomes by ensuring aviation safety requirements are recognised in land use planning decisions through guidelines being adopted by jurisdictions on various safety-related issues.

The National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG), comprising of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government planning and transport officials, the Australian Government Department of Defence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has developed the National Airports Safeguarding Framework (the Framework).

Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers considered the Framework at the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) meeting on 18 May 2012.

During the development process industry, local government and other interested stakeholders were invited to comment on a draft version of the Framework.  A copy of the final Framework is available.

The Framework has implications for anyone working in town planning, residential or commercial development, building construction or related industries.  It consists of a set of guiding principles with six guidelines relating to aircraft noise, windshear and turbulence, wildlife strikes, wind turbines, lighting distractions and protected airspace. 

It is the responsibility of each jurisdiction to implement the Framework into their respective planning systems.  Each state and territory will align their respective planning processes with the Framework principles and guidelines, as appropriate.

General enquiries regarding the Framework may be directed to Mr Scott Stone, on (02) 6274 7605 or Scott.Stone@infrastructure.gov.au.

For specific information on how the Framework is applied in your state or territory please use the contact information below.

QLD
Randall Fletcher
Department of Transport and Main Roads
(07) 3066 7166

ACT
Steve Gianakis
Environment and Planning
(02) 6207 1741

NSW
Simon Manoski
Department of Planning and Infrastructure
(02) 9228 6112

VIC
John Ginivan
Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
(03) 9223 5307

TAS
Stewart Johnson
Tasmanian Planning Commission
(03) 6165 6803 

SA
Juergen Ruppert
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
(08) 8204 8832

WA
Louise Jones
Department of Planning
(08) 6551 9466

NT
Mark Meldrum
Department of Lands and Planning
(08) 8999 6109