2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan

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The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan has now been approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the 2018 Master Plan process.

Prior to approving the 2018 Master Plan, the Minister requested that several changes be made to the document. Essentially these changes related to typographical errors, ensuring the document used consistent language and further clarification of runway modes as outlined by Airservices Australia and CASA.

The Airports Act 1997 requires all federally leased airports to prepare a Master Plan every 5 years to guide the future growth and development of the airport over the next 20 years.

The Master Plan:

  • Sets the strategic direction for the airport
  • Provides a plan for the development of the airport site
  • Indicates to the public the intended uses of the site and development proposals
  • Includes provisions to reduce potential conflicts between the uses of the site
  • Ensures that uses of the site are compatible with areas surrounding the airport
  • Ensures compliance with environmental legislation and standards

To view the 2018 Master Plan for Melbourne Airport go to the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

You can also access the Melbourne Airport Noise Tool to view the potential noise impacts at your property.


The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan has now been approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the 2018 Master Plan process.

Prior to approving the 2018 Master Plan, the Minister requested that several changes be made to the document. Essentially these changes related to typographical errors, ensuring the document used consistent language and further clarification of runway modes as outlined by Airservices Australia and CASA.

The Airports Act 1997 requires all federally leased airports to prepare a Master Plan every 5 years to guide the future growth and development of the airport over the next 20 years.

The Master Plan:

  • Sets the strategic direction for the airport
  • Provides a plan for the development of the airport site
  • Indicates to the public the intended uses of the site and development proposals
  • Includes provisions to reduce potential conflicts between the uses of the site
  • Ensures that uses of the site are compatible with areas surrounding the airport
  • Ensures compliance with environmental legislation and standards

To view the 2018 Master Plan for Melbourne Airport go to the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

You can also access the Melbourne Airport Noise Tool to view the potential noise impacts at your property.

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    from a runway being built how long does it take to commission and able to operate whether at Cat I Cat II or Cat III

    GREA22 asked 8 months ago

    Hi Grea22,

    Thanks for the question!

    Following the completion of construction works the commissioning will take between 3 and 6 months to bring the runway into service. The category of the proposed runway is still being considered but could achieve CAT I on opening day and CAT II/III between 6 and 12 months after opening (should they be required).


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    Do you have plans for a new airport terminal and if so when would the construction start ?

    John Lucas asked about 1 year ago

    Hi John,

    As identified in the Master Plan, over the next 10-15 years there will be ongoing expansions to existing terminals and possible development of a fifth terminal. Subject to appropriate commercial agreements with airlines, these will be delivered at appropriate points in time to meet forecast demand and capacity needs

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    what is the difference between MAEO and MAEO Schedule 2?

    Nick asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Nick,

    The MAEO’s form part of the Victorian planning scheme under State planning legislation. MAEO1 applies to areas of higher noise exposure and is more restrictive than MAEO2. For example, under MAEO1 certain noise sensitive uses such as schools, hospitals and certain types of accommodation are prohibited, whereas MAEO2 requires a permit for these uses. Specific details for both schedules can be found in the Hume, Melton, Brimbank, Moonee Valley and Whittlesea Planning Schemes.

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    Will you expand or build a new satellite terminal for international flight ? How long with the 3rd runway will be

    Jason asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Jason,

    Additional expansions to the International terminal are planned over the next 5-10 years at appropriate points in time to meet demand for additional capacity, processing facilities and aircraft gates.

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    what is melbourne airports policy on aircraft crash’s under flight paths and what assistance will you provide if there’s a disaster. What procedures are currently in place.

    No to 3rd runway asked 11 months ago

    Hi No to 3rd runway,

    Melbourne Airport has an aerodrome emergency plan (AEP).  This plan is required under Australian law.  The law requires APAM to plan for any emergency that can reasonably be foreseen. 

    In planning for these emergencies, APAM must plan for a worst case scenario.  We also work closely with the airlines to ensure that there are adequate services and arrangements in place to support people affected by an emergency.  This includes developing specific relief and recovery plans, ensuring that the right agencies and service providers are in place and trained to respond to an emergency situation.  These arrangements don’t stop with response, they continue into relief and recovery services as well.

    The AEP is reviewed on an annual basis.  This is done with the support of the Victorian Emergency Services through the airport emergency committee.  In addition the plan is also tested annually to review its effectiveness.  APAM are audited annually by CASA to ensure that APAM is meeting the requirements set down in law for emergency planning.

    APAM participates in the Victorian Emergency Management Arrangements, to ensure that there is cooperation and mutual support between the airport, the airlines and the Victorian emergency services.


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    If property is in the noise area, can a Childcare centre be built in the Zone? There is one being proposed to Hume Council at 1 Baker Crt. Meadow Heights.

    Dianna Colbeck asked 10 months ago

    Hi Dianna,

    The site you refer to is located within the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay 2 (MAEO2) within which a child care centre is a discretionary use (ie a permit is required).

    Melbourne Airport is not the planning authority or decision maker under State planning legislation or any planning scheme relating to land around the airport. The planning authority is usually the local municipal council, in this case Hume City Council.

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    Why can’t you show a plan with the runway and highlight the flight path

    Steve asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Steve,

    Melbourne Airport is currently working with Airservices Australia, airlines and other aviation stakeholders to develop a draft operating plan for the future parallel runway system.

    Once this has been determined, detailed noise modelling will be undertaken to assess the expected number of flights operating on each runway and the predicted noise exposure.

    This information will be presented in the Major Development Plan that will be available for public exhibition in early 2021

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    Will a curfew be in place for new proposed runway ?

    Tony asked 11 months ago

    Hi Tony,

    Melbourne Airport will not be seeking to introduce a curfew as part of its plans for the third runway.


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    Will aircrafts, fly over Gladstone Park Surburb. Please confirm.

    Samsung asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Samsung,

    Thanks for your question. 

    The proposed east-west runway would affect Gladstone Park residents, with predictions that new aircraft arrival noise would be experienced over Gladstone Park. You can enter your exact location into the Melbourne Airport noise tool to find out more specific information about your location based on short and longer term predicted levels of noise.

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    What areas of Gladstone Park will be effected by aircrafts flying over.

    vinod.prasad asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Vinod,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The proposed east-west runway would affect Gladstone Park residents, with predictions that new aircraft arrival noise would be experienced over Gladstone Park. You can enter your exact location into the Melbourne Airport noise tool to find out more specific information about your location based on short and longer term predicted levels of noise.