Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport preliminary flight paths

We're seeking your feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSI) preliminary flight paths.

Why we want your input

One of the main objectives of the EIS process is to seek feedback from people and communities that may be impacted by the proposed flight paths. Your submission on the draft EIS will be used to refine the development of the preliminary flight paths for WSI, and the social and economic impact assessment of the preliminary flight paths.

How you can voice your opinion

View the draft EIS and provide a submission with your views by 31 January 2024. You can view the draft EIS online at wsiflightpaths.gov.au or in person at locations across Greater Sydney—details are available on wsiflightpaths.gov.au or by calling 1800 038 160.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will be considered as we finalise the EIS. The final EIS must take account of submissions made during the public exhibition period, and contain a summary of comments and how these have been addressed.

The Issue

The new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSI) is set to open for domestic and international travellers, and freight by late 2026.

The Australian Government is responsible for developing the flight paths for single runway operations at WSI by the end of 2026. We are currently in the preliminary design and environmental assessment phase.

A draft EIS for the preliminary flight paths for WSI is now on public exhibition. It examines the impact of the proposed flight paths on the environment and the community. It will not cover the development of the airport site itself, including the runway direction. This was considered as part of a separate EIS and approval process in 2016.

We want to hear your views on the draft EIS. You can have your say by making a submission.

Relevant documentation


24 Oct 2023 09:00 AEDT
31 Jan 2024 23:59 AEDT

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Submissions can be made:

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Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Submissions on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport preliminary flight paths

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport,Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information from submissions on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the preliminary flight paths for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to consider submissions relating to the draft EIS and will store this information securely. The information collected may be used by the department to make further contact with you about your submission.

The department will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

The department will disclose submissions on the draft EIS to WSP Australia Pty Ltd, which has been engaged to assist the department with the EIS. The department and WSP Australia Pty Ltd will use the information from submissions to prepare the Public Submissions Report that will be published with the final EIS in 2024.

Submissions, in part or full, will be catalogued and published on the department's website, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions will not be published. Private addresses and contact details provided will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish to make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on 02 6274 6495 or by email: privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.