Aviation Environment and Airport Safeguarding
Aviation is vital to the Australian economy, employing thousands of people and linking Australia to the rest of the world. The Department of Infrastructure and Transport manages many environmental concerns in order to maintain a viable, competitive and safe aviation industry.
The Department has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that the environmental impacts of aircraft noise and aviation emissions are minimised and will continue to seek and implement practical solutions to minimise those impacts. The Department continues to work to safeguard both communities and airports from inappropriate off-airport developments that could threaten public safety and the current future viability of aviation operations at Australian airports.
The Department's role is to provide policy advice to the Australian Government, as well as administering legislation and regulations relating to the aviation and airports industry, including the implementation of a broad policy agenda outlined in the Government's Aviation White Paper.
The Department takes responsibility for aviation environmental issues, noise policy, working with portfolio agencies on safety matters, and development of a unified national framework to safeguard communities and airports from inappropriate off-airport development and encourage complementary planning outcomes in the vicinity of airports.
The following links provide information about aircraft noise, aviation emissions and airport safeguarding.
This section contains information about the review of Australian Standard 2021, airport curfews, noise regulations, noise disclosure and building insulation programs. It also provides information on how to lodge a complaint about aircraft noise.
This section contains information on the carbon footprint generated by aircraft operations in Australia and the role Australian aviation plays in the reduction of aviation's contribution to climate change. A National Aviation Emissions Action Plan has been developed to manage Australia's aviation carbon emissions.
This section contains information on safeguarding of airports and the communities around them, including the National Airports Safeguarding Framework, the review of Australian Standard 2021–2000, Protection of Airspace, and Land Use Planning.
This section contains historical publications relating to aviation environmental issues and airport safeguarding.