Part 11A of the Defence Regulations, 2016 provides a legal framework for controlling activities which may be dangerous to aviation around twelve declared Defence Aviation Areas (DAA). The Defence Regulations can be downloaded at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018C00183.
The DAA replace the Defence (Areas Control) Regulations 1989 (DACR) which were repealed on 25 March 2018 but closely replicate the controls available to Defence under the DACR.
The regulations apply to permanent structures such as buildings and communication towers, and temporary structures such as cranes within approximately 15 kilometres of DAA. Vegetation, including trees and plants used for landscaping, and gas plumes emanating from an exhaust stack are also covered. The regulations also apply to any object hazardous to aircraft or aviation-related communications, navigation or surveillance regardless of whether the DAA height controls are triggered.
Maps attached to each DAA declaration for each declared Defence Aviation Area show the heights at which proposed structures need to be referred to Defence for approval. The table, below, contains links to a high resolution map and the DAA declarations for twelve Defence establishments.
|Declared Defence Aviation Area||Link to declaration||Link to high resolution map|
|Army Aviation Centre, Oakey||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00339|
|RAAF Base Amberley||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00333|
|Beermullah Remote ILS||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00338|
|RAAF Base Darwin||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00340|
|RAAF Base East Sale||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00344|
|RAAF Base Edinburgh||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00332|
|RAAF Base Learmonth||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00356|
|RAAF Base Pearce||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00357|
|RAAF Base Scherger||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00353|
|RAAF Base Tindal||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00354|
|RAAF Base Townsville||https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00334|
Developers and statutory planning authorities should review the relevant DAA map to determine whether a property is affected by DAA regulations. If the height of a planned structure exceeds the trigger height for the area, the project must be referred to Defence for approval before construction commences.
Once an application is received, Defence conducts an assessment that includes consideration of safety criteria, consultation with Army, Navy and Air Force, Airservices Australia, flight path planners and other airport users, amongst others. An application normally takes up to two months to assess, as consultation needs to occur with a wide range of civilian and military stakeholders.
A DAA application needs to be accompanied by sufficient information to allow Defence and stakeholders to understand the possible impact on aviation safety. This includes:
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org