Crowds at the Exercise Pitch Black 2018 open day held at RAAF Base Darwin.
The RAAF appreciates the strong support of the Northern Territory for our vital training activities. We understand large exercises can intrude into communities and look forward to working with you.
Our community engagement commenced early 2022 and will continue into the exercise and afterwards.
The Pitch Black Facebook and Twitter pages are live. Check them out for current information on the exercise and activities in your region.
If you have any queries which are not answered on the webpage you can send us a query via the Contact Us page anytime.
We will address your query as early as we can, as best we can.
Media - call Defence Media Operations via email: media [at]
Media and News on Exercise Pitch Black will be referenced here.
Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs)
Always refer to the issuing authority of NOTAMs. Any questions relating to NOTAMs, please contact Airservices Australia.
We have provided links to help you locate information.
Environmental Planning
What environmental legislation is Defence subject to?
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) came into effect in 2000. It has strict compliance provisions which have far reaching implications for Defence. The EPBC Act binds all Commonwealth agencies, including Defence, to manage their activities in ways that do not significantly adversely affect the environment, regardless of operational location in the world.
Defence also aims to comply with State, Territory and local government environmental legislation and requirements to the extent these do not conflict with Commonwealth legislative obligations.
There are also a substantial number of additional pieces of Commonwealth legislation to which Defence is bound.