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Airspace regulation

Current consultations

We manage the regulation of airspace in Australia, which represents 11 percent of the world’s airspace. This is done through our Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR).

The OAR is responsible for the administration of the Australian airspace architecture under the Airspace Act 2007 and Airspace Regulations 2007.

The administration of the airspace includes managing the establishment, amendment or disestablishment of:

  • various classes of airspace (A to G)
  • air routes
  • prohibited, restricted and danger (PRD) areas.

All of which have their own associated conditions and rules of use.

The various classes of airspace and PRD areas have defined volumes and boundaries that can be changed. Air routes are not volumes of airspace and their locations are defined by co-ordinates.

Aircraft operations within the airspace

The OAR aims to ensure that the Australian administered airspace is fit for purpose as specified in the Australian Airspace Policy Statement (AAPS). This does not include controlling aircraft operations within the airspace or managing ground-based activities that may affect aircraft operations and flight paths. The responsibility for controlling aircraft operations generally falls with the aircraft operators and the air navigation service providers.

Airspace change process

Proposed changes to the Australian airspace architecture are managed through the airspace change process. This includes:

  • emergencies
  • temporary activities such as military training exercises and air shows
  • permanent airspace changes.

Submit an Airspace change proposal form 1284 (pdf 241.72 KB).

Airspace reviews

The OAR reviews airspace to ensure aircraft operations are safe and airspace architecture is fit-for-purpose. Reviews are triggered by an airspace change proposal or an aeronautical study.

Read our latest airspace reviews.

Policy and legislation

Relevant legislation and regulations on airspace management are covered under Airspace Act 2007 and Airspace Regulations 2007.

The  OAR Strategic work plan (pdf 160.37 KB) details the OAR priorities, processes and strategies over the next five years to ensure that Australian airspace complies with the Airspace Act 2007 and Airspace Regulations 2007.

Contact the Office of Airspace Regulation

For enquiries on airspace reviews, policy and urgent emergency requests, check the contact details for the Office of Airspace Regulation.

Last modified: 6 December 2019