Aircraft Noise

The Royal Australian Air Force provides air and space power for Australia's security. Air Force continues to play a critical role in Operation Slipper, to prevent Afghanistan from being used by terrorists to plan, prepare and train to undertake attacks against Australians. In 2011, Air Force played an essential role in Operation Queensland Flood Assist, Operation Yasi Assist, Operation Christchurch Assist, and Operation Pacific Assist.

Air Force's ability to respond quickly is a result of our high training standards. No one can predict when or where Air Force will need to respond, so our pilots and crews need experience in a range of environments. This includes day and night flying, high and low altitude flying (below 500 feet or 150 metres) and bombing and strafing practice.

Although some training is conducted using flying simulators, nothing replaces actual experience for our pilots and crews. When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise.

The Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases. Although aircraft noise will never be eliminated, Air Force is doing everything it can to reduce noise impacts on communities, whilst balancing operational and training requirements.

Aircraft Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) Maps

Defence is required to produce ANEF's for its military airfields around Australia whenever there are significant changes to aircraft movements, or the existing ANEF expires.

Town Councils use the ANEF, through the Australian Standard 2021 – 2000, as guidance for the siting and construction of new buildings against the effects of aircraft noise.

ANEF's are produced by forecasting the noise that will be created when aircraft fly on the most commonly used flight paths. Defence ANEF's include the forecast noise from both civilian and military aircraft in a future year.

You can view the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) map for your local base on our website

Noise and Flight Path Monitoring (NFPM)

RAAF Bases Williamtown, Amberley and Darwin have a computer based NFPM system. The reports can be viewed on the defence website. The NFMP system provides information about aircraft noise for the public in a format that easy to read and understand.

Making an aircraft noise enquiry or complaint

To make an enquiry about aircraft noise, you should call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and ask to be connected to your local base.

Air Force bases are busy places – you may need to leave a message on an answering machine so that we can return your phone call. Alternatively, you may write to your local base, addressing your letter to the Base Command Post.

If you make an enquiry, your enquiry will be recorded and an investigation will be commenced to determine if it was an Air Force aircraft, and then to determine if Air Force was operating within relevant procedures and guidelines.

To assist with the investigation, you should clearly give the date and time, your location, and a description of the event that caused you to make the enquiry. Please note that inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

The investigation may take up to 28 days, however in most cases you will receive a reply in less time.

Monthly flight schedules at RAAF Base Williamtown

Air Force is undertaking a six month trial at RAAF Base Williamtown to better inform local communities of our fast jet flying activities. View monthly flight schedules for RAAF Base Williamtown at here.