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 including through the use of additional noise metrics and improved noise-disclosure mechanisms; 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).

Industry, local government and other interested stakeholders were invited to comment on a draft version of the Framework. Submissions received during these consultations can be viewed on the Submissions: Draft National Airports Safeguarding Framework page.

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

Ministers agreed to the Framework noting the Commonwealth's intention to seek a review of Australian Standard 2021-2000: AcousticsAircraft noise intrusionBuilding siting and construction.

The National Airports Safeguarding Framework is comprised of:

  • Contents Page [PDFPDF: 88 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Principles for National Airports Safeguarding Framework [PDFPDF: 208 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline A: Measures for Managing Impacts of Aircraft Noise [PDFPDF: 154 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Attachment 1—Alternative Aircraft Noise [PDFPDF: 2010 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Attachment 2—Indicative Aircraft Noise Contours [PDFPDF: 5092 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline B: Managing the Risk of Building Generated Windshear and Turbulence at Airports [PDFPDF: 492 KB] [ReadSpeaker].

    Guideline B was based on a report prepared by the wind engineering division of a consultancy firm, SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd: ‘Guidance Material for Building Induced Wake Effects at Airports’.

    • Guideline B: Executive Summary [PDFPDF: 123 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Report: Guidance Material for Building Induced Wake Effects at Airports (SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd) [PDFPDF: 20207 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline C: Managing the Risk of Wildlife Strikes in the Vicinity of Airports [PDFPDF: 171 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Attachment 1—Wildlife Attraction Risk and Actions by Land Use [PDFPDF: 507 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Attachment 2—Brisbane Airport Buffers [PDFPDF: 778 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline D: Managing the Risk of Wind Turbine Farms as Physical Obstacles to Air Navigation [PDFPDF: 182 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline E: Managing the Risk of Distractions to Pilots from Lighting in the Vicinity of Airports [PDFPDF: 127 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
    • Attachment 1—Diagram of Maximum Intensity of Light Sources [PDFPDF: 487 KB] [ReadSpeaker]
  • Guideline F: Managing the Risk of Intrusions into the Protected Airspace of Airports [PDFPDF: 160 KB] [ReadSpeaker]

The national land use planning framework will ensure future airport operations and their economic viability are not constrained by incompatible residential development.

It is the responsibility of each jurisdiction to implement the Framework into their respective planning systems.

Queries may be directed to Mr Scott Stone, on (02) 6274 7605 or