RAAF Base Williams comprises two bases 20kms south-west of Melbourne at Laverton and Point Cook.
Both have a proud place in Australia's military aviation history, with Point Cook as the birthplace of the Air Force and the 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.
The two bases became one in 1999 and the Laverton airfield was sold off for suburban development. In recent times, operations at the bases have reduced as the Australian Defence Force has concentrated on defending Australia's northern approaches. Their main function now is training.
RAAF Base Williams is home to:
- 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
Air Force has an honest and open approach to aircraft noise that may affect neighbours of our bases and training areas.
Our pilots and crews operate their aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise, and we freely distribute information about aircraft noise, such as Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps.
For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).
See Flying Operations to view major training exercises and flying activities.