What is an airport Master Plan and why is it important?

    An airport Master Plan is a planning document that provides the strategic direction for the future development of the airport over the next 20 years, with a particular planning focus on the 5 year horizon. The Plan is prepared to support the continued growth of Melbourne Airport as a gateway to Victoria and significant contributor to the Victorian economy.

    The Airports Act 1996 (Commonwealth) requires that all federally leased airports prepare a Master Plan every five years.

    The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan will outline the vision, objectives and strategic intent for Melbourne Airport’s future growth. It will provide a clear direction for the development of the airport facilities and act as an important link to other planning strategies for Melbourne and Victoria.

    The Master Plan is a key document for the community, the Victorian government, local government and the business sector.


    What is Melbourne Airport's 'Vision for the Future?'

    The vision is to strengthen Melbourne Airport’s position as a global aviation gateway by developing a world-class airport that generates economic, social and employment benefits for Victoria.

    How will Melbourne Airport accommodate growth in air travel?

    As part of the Master Plan process we have undertaken extensive planning for long-term aviation requirements including the planning of a new runway which has been identified as required infrastructure in previous Master Plans.

    The new runway along with continuing extensive upgrades to existing facilities and construction of new terminal infrastructure will cater for projected demand and growth at Melbourne Airport over the next 20 years.

    What themes will the Master Plan cover?

    The Master Plan will discuss the planning context of the Airport, and address the following planning themes:

    -Airport Land Use 

    -Airside Development

    -Terminals and Aviation Support Facilities Development

    -Non-Aviation Development

    -Ground Transport

    -Infrastructure Development

    -Environmental Strategy

    -Airport Safeguarding

    What is included in the Environment Strategy?

    Melbourne Airport’s Environment Strategy is incorporated into the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan and is required to be reviewed and prepared as part of the airport master planning process every five years.

    The Environment Strategy outlines key environmental issues and management strategies that the airport is committed to addressing on the environment in which it operates. The following environmental topics are included: 

    -  Environment management

    -  Ecological sustainable development

    -  Energy and climate change

    -  Waste and resource management

    -  Water consumption management

    -  Water quality (stormwater and groundwater)

    -  Biodiversity and conservation management

    -  Cultural heritage

    -  Air quality

    -  Ground-based noise

    -  Land management

    -  Hazardous materials

    How is the2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan different to the Runway Development Project?

    The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan is a planning project. It provides the overarching planning framework to guide the growth and development of the airport over the next 20 years. The master plan covers a broad range of planning themes and outlines key planning objectives and concepts. For example, it outlines future land uses at the airport, types of permitted development and noise and environmental impacts.

    The Runway Development project is a development focused project. It comprises a Major Development Plan (MDP) which is a detailed outline and proposal for a significant development that includes a full analysis of impacts relating to the development.

    A Major Development Plan includes the details of how a proposed development plan (ie. runway development project) is consistent with the vision of an airport’s Master Plan and how the development will affect noise exposure levels at the airport, flight paths, and affect other stakeholders that operate at the airport. It also includes details of the likely effect the proposed development will have on traffic flows, employee levels at the airport, the local and regional economy and community, noise and environmental impacts and sensitive land uses. 

    Why does Melbourne Airport operate 24/7?

    Since its establishment Melbourne Airport has been planned to operate around the clock to enable tourism, freight and trade. It is Victoria’s primary gateway for air passengers and air-freight exporters. It handles around 35 million passengers a year and accounts for almost a third of Australia’s air freight. Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free status is a competitive advantage that Victoria is keen to protect.

    How will aircraft noise be managed as part of the Master Plan?

    The forecasts of long-term aircraft noise impact around Melbourne Airport are used by local governments to limit the extent of noise sensitive developments in areas forecast to be most affected by noise. 

    Airservices Australia designs and operates flight routes with aviation safety as its first consideration. Where it is able to, without impacting safety, Airservices will design or adjust flight routes to reduce noise impacts on local communities. 

    Who are Airservices and what do they do?

    Airservices is a government owned organisation that provides services to the aviation industry and safely manages eleven per cent of the world's air space where there are more than four million aircraft movements carrying more that 156 million passengers annually. Airservices also provides the aviation industry with telecommunications, aeronautical data, navigation services and aviation rescue fire-fighting services.

    Who is responsible for managing aircraft noise?

    A number of organisations are responsible for aircraft noise management. The government is responsible for overall policy and legislation. Airservices is responsible for flight paths, providing noise information and managing complaints. Aircraft operators ensure their aircraft are compliant with noise standards and implement noise abatement principles for flight operations. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority certifies aircraft that meet noise standards. Airports develop noise management plans and manage local community engagement, while state and local governments manage land-use planning around airports. 

    How do I make a submission?

    To lodge your submission for the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport complete the ‘make a submission’ form on this page and click ‘submit’. A submission can also be sent via email to stakeholder@melair.com.au or posted to, Planning Manager, Melbourne Airport, Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine, 3043.

    How long does it take to make a submission?

    Melbourne Airport has worked hard to make the submission process as easy as possible. We believe it is a quick process, allowing submitters to easily leave their comments. Individual chapters from the master plan are easily accessible, allowing the community to comment on the issues that matter most to them. There is also the ability to upload a written submission, if needed.

    Can I make multiple submissions?

    We would prefer that only one submission be received from each individual or organisation.

    What does Melbourne Airport do with my submission?

    Once a submission is received, a receipt will be sent to the person who made the submission, acknowledging that Melbourne Airport has received their submission. Following this, the submission will be sent to the relevant department within Melbourne Airport to consider and respond to in the updated document. When the consultation period closes, all submissions will be compiled into a report and form part of the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan, which will then be submitted to the Federal Government for approval. 


    Can I upload a written submission?

    Yes, you can. All you need to do is register and fill in the necessary fields. There will then be an option at the bottom of the page to allow you to upload your written submission. However, we do encourage people to use the comments section of the submissions form where possible.

    Where can I find more information about the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport?

    Read more here about the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport. Alternatively, you can read the chapters that interest you as listed on the right-hand side of the submissions page.

    Where can I find more information about the 2018 Master Plan?

    Read more here about the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport. Alternatively, you can read the chapters that interest you as listed on the right-hand side of the submissions page.

    How do I register?

    If this is your first time visiting, please click on the register button to create an account. When prompted, create a username and password of your choice and provide a valid email address.

    Why do I have to register to make a submission?

    Knowing a little more about who you are and your connection to Melbourne Airport helps put some context around your feedback. It also helps us to understand feedback from specific groups (e.g. age, gender). This helps Melbourne Airport to make better decisions for the community.

    Registering will also provide you with access to the My Melbourne Airport website where you can ask questions, sign up for project updates and participate in online forums.

    Registration is required if you wish to complete a submission or ask a question. Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register.

    If you have previously participated, click on the sign in button and enter your username and password.  

    If this is your first visit then click on the register button. Create a username and password and then provide a valid email address. It will only take a couple of minutes and allows us to confirm that you are a 'real' person, notify you each time we load a project page and avoid multiple submissions by the same individual.

    On Public Exhibition - what does this mean?

    The public exhibition period of the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan is the final period of time during which community members and stakeholders can have their say on the item before Melbourne Airport submits the master plan to the Federal Government for approval.

    How does Melbourne Airport promote consultations?

    There are many ways in which the opportunity to be involved in a consultation or comment on a proposal is promoted. We try to contact key stakeholder groups but will generally consider placing:

    Advertisements in local papers that cover the areas of: Hume, Melton, Brimbank, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Whittlesea, Moorabool and the Macedon Ranges.

    Hard copies of the exhibited item will be available to view/or purchase from office of Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd, Level 2, T2 (International Terminal), Melbourne Airport, between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday

    The exhibited item will also be available to download from this website.

    Social media posts

    Information in media releases, speeches and newspaper columns

    What happens to my feedback?

    The feedback we receive is used in conjunction with feedback we receive from other consultation events such as workshops, drop-in information sessions or submissions.

    Melbourne Airport uses the information gathered from comments, ideas, feedback and submissions made during consultation and exhibition periods to inform the decisions it makes. 

    A summary of the feedback received during the exhibition period will form part of the final report sent to the Federal Government as part of the approval process.

    Can my comments/submissions remain anonymous?

    They can, however, Melbourne Airport encourages people to include their contact details so we can obtain further information and keep you notified of any developments.

    It is important to note that all submissions received (minus identifying contact details) will be provided to the Federal Government as part of the approval process.