A curfew applies between 11pm and 6am at Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Essendon Fields Airports. While most aircraft operations are prohibited during this period, there is provision for the operation of emergency aircraft, some small jets, propeller-driven aircraft and freight movements.
These curfews are legally enforceable and failing to comply is a criminal offence that may result in significant fines.
Curfew Dispensations are issued in exceptional circumstances subject to specific criteria and conditions. The Airport Curfew Manual contains information on the guidelines for curfew dispensations at Sydney, Adelaide and the Gold Coast Airports.
An operator may apply to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities for a dispensation to land at, or take off from, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast or Essendon Airport during the curfew. All dispensation requests or withdrawals should be made through to the Duty Officer Aviation and Airports, phone +61 2 6274 6998 (24 hours), or by submitting a curfew dispensation request or withdrawal form or by fax +61 2 6274 6822.
Requests for cabotage which are urgent should be directed to the Duty Officer Aviation and Airports on phone +61 2 6274 6998 (24 hours), or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cabotage requests of a non-urgent nature should be directed to Bronwyn Calver, Bronwyn.email@example.com.
The following links provide further information on specific airport curfews in Australia:
- Curfew Dispensation Reports Tabled in Parliament
- Brisbane Airport Curfew Review Steering Committee's Final Report PDF: 2049 KB
- Regional Development Australia
- Office of Road Safety
- Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics
- Australian Classification
- Infrastructure Investment Program