Airservices Australia is responsibile for the management and control of the flight paths used by aircraft approaching and departing from major civil airports. In most cases, aircraft fly approved flight paths that have been developed over time in consultation with government, councils and residents. The design of flight paths around military airfields include many of the same considerations and requirements as those around civil airports. Air Force works closely with Airservices Australia to ensure that civil and military flight paths are complementary. However, traffic patterns around military airfields are different from major civil airports.
Military fast jet aircraft departures from RAAF Base Williamtown are primarily to access training areas over the ocean more than 25 nautical miles from the base which limits aircraft noise over residential areas.