The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet gives Australia an upgraded air combat capability for both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning II. Twenty-four Super Hornets are flown by Numbers 1 and 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberley.
As part of the introduction of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, Defence prepared a Draft Australian Super Hornet Public Environment Report (PER). The Draft PER was prepared to address the requirements of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Table of Contents and Glossary
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Project Description
Chapter 3: Legislation and Policy Framework
Chapter 4: Key Environmental Values
Chapter 5: Noise Assessment
Chapter 6: Air Quality
Chapter 7: Aircraft Hazards and Risk
Chapter 8: Social and Public Health
Chapter 9: Conclusion
Chapter 10: References
A formal consultation period occurred between 26 August and 6 October 2009 to create the Supplementary Report. The Supplementary Report and the Draft PER together constitute the Final Public Environment Report November 2009 which can be downloaded.
The key objective of the PER process was to provide the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts with sufficient information to assess the impacts of Super Hornet flying operations and make an assessment as to whether these operations comply with legislative requirements.
On 23 March 2010, the then Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts approved the PER, subject to ten conditions. These were varied under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) on the 23 April 2014. The Conditions of Consent can be downloaded
As part of its obligations to comply with the Conditions, Defence will implement four strategies:
The Super Hornet Air Quality Monitoring Plan includes two rainwater-testing reports as well as the creation of an Air Quality Monitoring report.
To confirm Defence is meeting the Conditions of Consent, the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ANO) and Umwelt undertook an audit of Defence's compliance in 2015 and 2019. The audits found that Defence was meeting the intent of the conditions in 2015. In 2019 it was found that Defence has complied with the intent of the Conditions of Approval in relation to managing the effects of aircraft noise and air quality on the community and the environment.
To monitor and record the noise impact of aircraft operations at military airfields, the Department of Defence installed the Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System (NFPMS) at RAAF Base Amberley. Results of the flight path and noise monitoring is published in Quarterly and Annual reports.