Environmental aspects of airspace changes
The office of airspace regulation (OAR) is required to ensure that proposed changes to airspace adequately consider environmental implications in accordance with the regulatory framework. Proponents can review the environmental implications guidelines prior to completing an environmental implications form (form 080) to show the considerations that have been taken into account. Contact the OAR for further guidance if required.
The key environmental considerations when assessing an airspace change proposal are:
- the effects of the operation and use of aircraft and the associated effects including aircraft noise and vibration, privacy and visual intrusion, vibration, emissions, interactions with wildlife, impact on people and communities
- protection of the environment including matters of national environmental significance (NES) identified by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) (EPBC Act)
Note: The protected matters search tool on the Department of Environment website allows you to search for protected matters dependent on location
- listed threatened species and communities
- migratory species protected under international agreement
- a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining developments
- Ramsar wetlands of international importance
- Commonwealth marine areas
- world heritage properties
- national heritage places and national parks
- nuclear actions.
Any proposal for airspace change that is likely to affect the environment (in particular matters of NES) to a significant extent must be referred to the Department of Environment for assessment under the EPBC Act.
For more information about the EPBC Act, refer to the Department of Environment website.
Fly neighbourly advice
A fly neighbourly advice (FNA) is a voluntary code of practice developed between aircraft operators and communities or agencies that have an interest in reducing the disturbance caused by aircraft within a defined area. FNAs are primarily used as a mechanism to reduce the effects of aviation on environmentally sensitive areas within uncontrolled airspace. The development of a FNA is facilitated by the OAR.
Examples of FNAs are:
- Kakadu National Park
- Blue Mountains National Park
- Moorabbin Training Area.