National Airfields Capital Works - QLD, NSW, and WA

The purpose of the National Airfields Capital Works – QLD, NSW and WA - EST04824 (P0010) project is to provide major maintenance of aircraft pavements, airfield lighting and related airfield drainage at the following Defence bases: 

  • RAAF Base Amberley, Ipswich, QLD
  • HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW
  • RAAF Base Richmond, Richmond, NSW
  • RAAF Base Pearce, Bullsbrook, WA.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) agreed for Defence to pursue an exemption, received on Thursday 27 October 2022.

On Tuesday 31 January 2023, Minister for Finance approved Defence’s request for exemption from referral to the PWC (gazetted Tuesday 31 January 2023).

Community consultation is not required as the airfields are only used by Defence. 

Defence will develop an Airside Method of Working Plan to minimise the impact on Defence aircraft flying operations.

Project details

The Project Manager / Contractor Administrator is Beca Pty Ltd.

The project works will:

  • resurface selected end of life aircraft pavements
  • replace associated airfield lighting
  • address select airfield drainage items.

The works are scheduled between Q1 2024 and Q2 2026.

Airside Method of Working Plans

The following companies have been selected for the provision of constructability advice and staging advice for the Airside Method of Working Plans.


National Airfields Capital Works - maintenance plans (PDF, 4.45 MB)

HMAS Albatross MOWP (PDF, 4.54 MB)

RAAF Base Amberley MOWP (PDF, 5.56 MB)

RAAF Base Pearce MOWP (PDF, 6.08 MB)