Aviation Policy

Canberra Airport is one of 21 federally leased airports administered by the Australian Government under the Airports Act 1996 (the Act). As part of the planning framework under the Act, airports are required to prepare a Master Plan. The Canberra Airport Master Plan was approved in 2015 and can be found on the Canberra Airport Website External Link - Opens new window.

While the ACT Government has no direct influence or control over Canberra Airport's operations, growth and planning matters, it is interested to ensure that the benefits delivered by the airport to the ACT and region are balanced against community needs and residential amenity.

More information on Aviation at a Federal level can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website External Link - Open New Window.

For information on Canberra Airport visit the Canberra Airport Website External Link - Opens new window.

Memorandum of Understanding between the ACT and Canberra Airport

This Memorandum of Understanding provides a mechanism for engagement between the ACT Government and Canberra Airport on operational and development issues to ensure the interests of the Canberra community are considered now and into the future.

The MOU provides for the establishment of an Integration Committee consisting of senior Government Officials from CMTEDD, EPSDD, JACSD, TCCSD and Airport management..

The committee meets twice annually to facilitate discussion and implementation of common objectives under the MoU, namely:

  • On- and Off-Airport Integration;
  • Sustainable Transport Infrastructure and Networks to Support Growth;
  • Capitalise on Airport Investment; and
  • Remain Committed to Aircraft Noise Abatement.

The MoU does not place any legal obligation on either party, especially in the ACT Government's ability to raise legitimate concerns regarding the impact of aircraft noise and non-aviation activities on Canberra and its residents.

Copy of scanned signed document below: