National Airfields Capital Works - Northern Territory


The purpose of the National Airfields Capital Works project is to provide major maintenance of aircraft pavements, airfield lighting and related airfield drainage at RAAF Base Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The Mount Bundey Airfield works involve pavement reconstruction of the main runway, taxiway and apron including drainage and flank works.

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) agreed for Defence to pursue exemption, received Thursday 9 March 2023.

On Tuesday 23 May 2023, Minister for Finance approved Defence’s request for exemption from referral to the PWC (gazetted Thursday 25 May 2023).

Community information

The method of working plan has been developed in conjunction with the civilian airport operator, Airport Development Group (ADG). The plan seeks to minimise the impact on airline operations, tourism and the local community during peak travel periods.

Defence and ADG have undertaken ongoing engagement with the airlines, airport users, government representatives and selected community representatives. Engagement has been carried by individual and small group briefings and quarterly meetings of the Darwin Airport Community Consultation Group and Planning Coordination Forum.

Project details

RAAF Darwin

These works are being conducted over 2 phases:

  • phase 1 involves works on the main runway and is being undertaken between August 2023 and November 2024
  • phase 2 involves works on the secondary runway, taxiways and military only areas. This will be undertaken in 2024 and 2025.

Mount Bundey

These works are planned to be undertaken during the 2024 and 2025 dry season.