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Development - Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF)

Owners and residents near airfields should be familiar with their local Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, which provide the best land use planning information about aircraft noise exposure.

ANEF maps provide a forecast of noise based on a particular year. ANEF maps include the forecast noise made by both civilian and military aircraft for that location. Properties outside of the ANEF map zones will still experience some level of aircraft noise.

One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of aircraft noise is through proper land planning by local Town Councils.

Department of Defence ANEF maps

ANEF maps are updated periodically, often as a result of changes to noise sources (for example, an older aircraft may be retired and a new aircraft may be introduced). As ANEF maps are a forecast, the map will always include the year that that it is forecasted to. Although an ANEF is developed for a future year, the forecast does not expire when that year has been reached. For example, the RAAF Base Williamtown 2025 ANEF is a forecast for the year 2025, and incorporates noise modelling for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.

Properties located near all airfields are likely to experience some degree of aircraft noise, which will increase or decrease with changes in use and can vary seasonally or with local weather conditions.

ANEF Maps should be read in conjunction with Australian Standard 2021 – 2015 Acoustics - Aircraft Noise Intrusion - Building Siting and Construction.

Defence Airfields Issued
RAAF Base Scherger 1999
RAAF Base Edinburgh 2022 ANEF March 2013
RAAF Base East Sale 2035 ANEF January 2018
RAAF Base GinGin 2012 ANEF July 2003
RAAF Base Pearce 2012 ANEF July 2003
RAAF Base Richmond 2014 ANEF December 2004
RAAF Base Williamtown 2025 ANEF August 2011
AATC Oakey ANEF 2014 ANEF December 2004
Naval Air Station - HMAS Albatross 2014 ANEF September 2010
RAAF Base Amberley 2029 ANEF January 2018
RAAF Base Tindal 2025 ANEC November 2013
Joint User Airfields Issued
RAAF Base Darwin / Darwin International Airport 2042 ANEF October 2016
RAAF Base Townsville / Townsville International Airport 2036 ANEF January 2016
Air Weapons Ranges Issued
Muchea 2012 ANEF July 2003
Salt Ash 2025 ANEF August 2011
Remote Sites Issued
Beermullah (WA) ILS and TACAN 2012 ANEF July 2003