The Victorian Government has taken significant steps to help ensure that planning around airports considers the potential safety and amenity impacts on surrounding communities and that airport operations are protected.

As Victoria's primary transport gateway for air passengers and air freight exporters, Melbourne Airport is an important infrastructure asset, vital to the State's social connectivity and economic prosperity. Victoria has long planned for Melbourne Airport's curfew-free, optimum usage of the four runway operation.

Learn more about the planning system's role in airport safeguarding.

The Melbourne Airport Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee (MAESSAC) has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to provide advice on the following:

Part A

The Committee is to advise on planning proposals of strategic importance within the Melbourne Airport Environs Area, approved Melbourne Airport Master Plan aircraft noise contours or Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay, and which may impact Melbourne Airport's ongoing operation.

The Committee will consider:

  • whether or not any planning scheme amendment referred to it should be granted and if so, in what form
  • whether any planning permit application referred to it should be granted and if so, the appropriate conditions for the permit
  • any other planning proposal referred to it.

Part B

The Committee is to advise on improvements to the planning provisions safeguarding Melbourne Airport and its environs.

The Committee will consider:

  • the Planning Policy Framework, zones, overlays and any other related planning provisions
  • relevant guidance material and any complementary safeguarding tools and processes.

The Committee may provide advice on improvements to planning provisions, relevant guidance material and on any complementary safeguarding tools and processes that may help safeguard other airport environs in Victoria in addition to Melbourne Airport.

More information

For questions about specific proposals or referrals to the Committee:

Joanna Kormas, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5417
✉ Email: joanna.kormas@delwp.vic.gov.au

For information about the Committee and Public Hearing process:

Chris Brennan, Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5137
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Panel or Committee

Standing Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning appointed the following members to the Committee:

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Nick Wimbush (Deputy Chair)
  • Elke Cummins
  • Peter Edwards
  • Elizabeth Hui.

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 104.7 KB).

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Part A referrals to the Committee

78-82 Freight Drive, Somerton

Have your say

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Melbourne Airport Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee

Submissions on Issues and Options Paper

Submissions opens on

12.00am - Tuesday 27 April 2021

Submissions close on

5.00pm - Tuesday 22 June 2021

Following Hearings in February 2021, the Committee has prepared an issues and options paper on the text of potential controls and policy changes.

The Issues and Options Paper and details of how to make a submission in response to it can be found at  Engage Victoria.

Submissions on the Paper close at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 22 June 2021.


Terms of Reference

The Minister for Planning signed the Terms of Reference for the Committee on 22 December 2019

Terms of Reference (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Terms of Reference accessible version (DOCX, 453.3 KB).

Member Biographies

Member Biographies (PDF, 104.7 KB)

Member biographies accessible version (DOC, 64.5 KB).