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Existing Properties

Aircraft noise will never be eliminated. Air Force is committed to working with the community to reduce aircraft noise impacts for existing home owners whilst maintaining operational and training requirements.

Air Force’s fly neighbourly policy reduces aircraft noise for existing residential properties. One way Air Force will achieve this, is to reduce over-flying of existing, heavily populated areas.

Homeowners should be familiar with their local Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, which provides the best information about aircraft noise. ANEF maps are based on the most common flight paths and are created for development purposes.

ANEF maps are usually updated every five to ten years, or as a result of new noise information (for example, an older aircraft may be retired and a new aircraft may be introduced). Properties purchased near airports and Air Force bases are always likely to experience some degree of aircraft noise, which will increase or decrease with changes in use.

Defence does not generally purchase noise-affected properties or fund noise attenuation measures (like ceiling insulation or double-glazing).