Under Part 5 of the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996, development on 22 federal airport sites is subject to Commonwealth planning controls. The operators of these airports are required to prepare 20 year Master Plans, and to update these Master Plans every five years.
Planning for the areas surrounding these airports is subject to State, Territory and Local Government control, as the Australian Constitution establishes that State and Territory Governments have principal responsibility for planning and land management. State and Territory Governments also control “on-airport” development for the airports that they own and operate, whilst many smaller airports are owned by Local Governments or are privately owned.
States and Territories work together with Local Governments in the implementation of their planning and urban development responsibilities. State and Territory Governments control development around airports through legislation or policy and undertake strategic planning for urban and regional development.
Australian Capital Territory
The National Capital Authority administers the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988, which gives effect to the National Capital Plan.
New South Wales
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 Part 3; and
- S117 Ministerial Directions—Part 3.5 Development Near Licensed Aerodromes.
Defence (Areas Control) Regulations 1989 also apply specifically to Darwin Airport surrounds and Tindal Aerodrome.
Land use planning is overseen by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, which administers the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 giving effect to:
Land use planning is overseen by the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure, which administers the Development Act 1993 giving effect to:
Land use planning is overseen by the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure which administers the Planning & Environment Act 1987 giving effect to:
- Melbourne Planning Scheme; and
- Victorian Planning Provisions, including the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay.
- State Planning Policy 5.1—Land Use Planning in the Vicinity of Perth Airport
- State Planning Policy 5.3—Jandakot Airport Vicinity