Melbourne Airport Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning appointed the Committee in March 2020.

The Committee’s Terms of Reference (Part B) required it to advise the Minister on improvements to the planning provisions safeguarding Melbourne Airport and its environs including:

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

The Committee was also able to advise on improvements to help safeguard other airport environs in Victoria.

To learn more about the Melbourne Airport Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee, visit Planning Panels Victoria.

Final Report

The Committee submitted its final report to the Minister for Planning on 15 November 2021. The Committee made 15 recommendations and identified key issues regarding the safeguarding of airports and their environs in Victoria, including:

  • further implementation of National Airports Safeguarding Framework
  • the role of the ‘Number above’ noise metric (N contours)
  • planning responses for safeguarding concerns beyond aircraft noise

View the Committee’s final report

Victorian Government Response

In April 2022, the Victorian Government released its response to the Committee’s final report and recommendations on how to further safeguard Victoria’s airports.

The response sets out eight actions that focus on the following key areas:

  • clearer policy
  • improved planning toolkit
  • better access to information and guidance

View the Victorian Government Response (PDF, 687KB) or (DOCX, 45KB)

Next Steps

The response includes short, medium and longer-term actions. Short-term actions can commence immediately, while medium to longer-term actions are more complex and require engagement with federal departments and agencies, airport operators, councils and other stakeholders to implement.

Updates will be provided on this webpage as implementation of the Government’s response progresses.

For more information please contact planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 21/05/22