Land use planning decisions need to address potential safeguarding issues in the immediate vicinity of airports, and their broader environs. These issues include noise, protected airspace, wildlife strikes, lighting distractions to pilots, wind turbines, and building generated windshear / turbulence.

The Victorian Government has taken significant steps to safeguard airports  . We work with airport operators, the Commonwealth Government, the Australian Airports Association and local government to help ensure that planning around airports considers the potential safety and amenity impacts on surrounding communities and that airport operations are protected. 

Melbourne's airports (including Melbourne, Avalon, Essendon and Moorabbin) and Victoria's RAAF Bases (Point Cook and East Sale) are important infrastructure assets, vital to the city's social connectivity and economic prosperity. Victoria's many regional airports (including Ballarat, Bendigo, Hamilton, Latrobe Valley, Mildura, Mt Hotham and Portland) also make significant social and economic contributions to their regions and the State.

The following links provide more information on:

Further Airport information

For details of Victoria's local government owned and operated airports refer to the relevant council website.

The Australian Airports Association has published National Airports Safeguarding Framework related guidance material for airport operators.

The Department has published guidance on using Victoria's planning system, including airport related content.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has produced a Defence Technologies Sector Strategy highlighting the aerospace industry's significant contribution to Victoria's economy. The strategy is available on Business Victoria's Future Industries page.