National Airports Safeguarding Framework

The National Airports Safeguarding Framework is a national land use planning framework that aims to:

  • improve community amenity by minimising aircraft noise-sensitive developments near airports; and
  • improve safety outcomes by ensuring aviation safety requirements are recognised in land use planning decisions through guidelines being adopted by jurisdictions on various safety-related issues.

The National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG), comprising of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government planning and transport officials, the Australian Government Department of Defence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has developed the National Airports Safeguarding Framework (the Framework).

Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers considered the Framework at the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure meeting on 18 May 2012.

During the development process industry, local government and other interested stakeholders were invited to comment on a draft version of the Framework. A copy of the final Framework is available.

The Framework has implications for anyone working in town planning, residential or commercial development, building construction or related industries. It consists of a set of guiding principles with nine guidelines relating to aircraft noise, windshear and turbulence, wildlife strikes, wind turbines, lighting distractions, protected airspace, communication equipment, helicopter landing sites and public safety areas at the end of runways.

It is the responsibility of each jurisdiction to implement the Framework into their respective planning systems. Each state and territory will align their respective planning processes with the Framework principles and guidelines, as appropriate.

General enquiries regarding the Framework may be directed to the Assistant Secretary, Airports Branch, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications or by email to

For specific information on how the Framework is applied in your state or territory please use the contact information below.

Tom Orr
Department of Transport and Main Roads
(07) 3066 1431

Steven Gianakis
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
(02) 62071741

Ben Lusher
Department of Planning and Environment
(02) 9274 6552

Andrew Grear
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
(03) 8392 5413

Arun Kendall
Department of State Growth
(03) 6166 3485

Damien Gencarelli
Planning and Land Use Services
1800 752 664

Jason Gordon
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
(08) 6551 9435

Doug Lesh
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
(08) 8999 6109