Australian airspace reviews

Through the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) we review Australian-administered airspace. This ensures:

  • aircraft operations are safe
  • airspace architecture is fit-for-purpose.

When we conduct a review we consider:

  • the best interests of Australia
  • the current and future needs of the Australian aviation industry
  • international best practice airspace systems adapted to benefit Australia‚Äôs aviation environment
  • advances in technology wherever practicable.

When we conduct a review

Various factors can trigger a review. This may include:

  • an airspace change proposal
  • an aeronautical study
  • when reaching certain airspace criteria thresholds.

The Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018 describes these thresholds.

Airspace classes

Different rules apply to Australian airspace classes A, C, D, E and G. This includes information on the:

  • visual flight rules
  • special visual flight rules
  • instrument flight rules.

To understand airspace class rules, see

Search for airspace reviews

We have completed the following aeronautical studies. These incorporate industry feedback and OAR recommendations.

Contact us to request a copy of an archived report.

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