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's work in this area.

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

  • This section provides information about Noise Regulation for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)—Drones.

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

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

  • 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.

  • The department is conducting a review to determine the appropriate scope and breadth of future noise regulation in relation to RPAs, such as drone operations and urban air mobility aircraft and Specialised Aircraft, such as supersonic aircraft and historic aircraft. The period for submissions closes at close of business on Friday 22 November 2019.

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:

Australian Standard AS 2021

AS2021 provides an assessment of potential aircraft noise exposure around airports based on the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) system and is widely referred to in guiding strategic land use planning in the vicinity of airports.

In March 2015 Standards Australia released the revised Standard AS2021-2015. This revision includes updated aircraft tables and advice about the development and endorsement processes for Australian Noise Exposure Forecasts.

In May 2014 Standards Australia approved a related project proposal for the development of an information document on the impact and nature of aircraft noise. This handbook, Acoustics—Guidance on Producing Information on Aircraft Noise was published in June 2016.

Technical Endorsement of Australian Noise Exposure Forecasts

Under the Airports Act 1996 (the Act) a Federal airport operator is obliged to review the airport's Master Plan every five years. It is a requirement of the Act that a Master Plan includes an endorsed Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF).

Ministerial Direction M37/99 from 3 May 1999 prescribes that Airservices Australia is responsible for the technical endorsement of ANEFs for all Australian airports. It is also a requirement that an ANEF for a leased federal airport is endorsed in a ‘manner’ approved by the Minister.

The following “manner of endorsement” was approved by the Minister in April 2017.

Manner of Endorsement for Australian Noise Exposure Forecasts PDF: 780 KB ReadSpeaker

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Last Updated: 27 September, 2019