RAAF Williams

Royal Australian Air Force's Williams comprises two bases 20kms south-west of Melbourne at Laverton and Point Cook. Each has a proud place in Australia's military aviation history, Point Cook as the birthplace of the Air Force and oldest continually operating military airfield in the world, and Laverton as the Air Force's third base (since 1925, just after RAAF Base Richmond outside Sydney). The RAAF Museum is housed at Point Cook and the Air Force Band operates from Laverton.

Operations at both bases have been reduced in recent times as the Australian Defence Force has concentrated on defending Australia's northern approaches. The two bases were merged into one in 1999 and the Laverton airfield was sold off for suburban development. The main function of the two bases now is training.

  • Air Force Training Group
    • RAAF College
    • East Sale
    • ADF School of Languages
    • Defence International Training Centre - cultural and military familiarisation training for foreign military personnel training in Australia
  • No 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron - Airbase Operations
  • No 1 Security Force Squadron Detachment Williams
  • RAAF Museum
  • Air Force Band

When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise. Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas. Detailed information about aircraft noise, including Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, is available at the Defence Aircraft Noise website or contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations