Melbourne Airport

Noise Monitoring

Airservices collects noise and operational data from five noise monitors (Environmental Monitoring Unit, EMU) around Melbourne Airport. Noise monitors are listed below according to their location.

BULLA (EMU 2)
EMU 2

  • Captures arrivals to Melbourne Runway 16 and departures from Melbourne Runway 34.
  • Detects more events than the other noise monitor locations due to its proximity to the airport.
  • The pattern of aircraft noise events recorded reflects the seasonal trends in arrivals to Runway 16, with more events recorded in summer than in winter.

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KEILOR EAST (EMU 3)
EMU 3

  • Captures arrivals to Melbourne Runway 34.
  • The pattern of aircraft noise events reflects the seasonal trend for arrivals to Runway 34, with more events recorded in winter than in summer.

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ESSENDON (EMU 4)
EMU 4

  • Captures arrivals to Melbourne Runway 34 and arrivals to Essendon Runway 35 and departures off Essendon Runway 17.
  • Seasonal fluctuations in the use of Runway 34 at Melbourne Airport are offset by the opposite fluctuations in the use of Runway 17 at Essendon Airport.

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COOLAROO (EMU 6)
EMU 6

  • Captures arrivals to Melbourne Runway 27.
  • While the pattern of noise events recorded reflects the seasonal trend for arrivals to Runway 27 the correlation is not precise as there are some parts of the year where for noise abatement purposes, Runway 27 is used more for departures than for arrivals. Departures from Runway 27 do not fly over this monitor.

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THOMASTOWN (EMU 61)
EMU 61

  • Captures arrivals to Melbourne Runway 27.
  • The pattern of aircraft noise events recorded reflects the seasonal trend for arrivals to Runway 27, with more events recorded in winter than in summer. As a result the trend for this monitor mirrors that of Coolaroo monitor.

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Noise monitoring is not conducted to determine compliance with aircraft noise regulations – there is no regulated maximum level for aircraft noise. Rather, aircraft operating in Australia are required to meet noise standards imposed through the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984. These regulations stipulate compliance with international noise standards that apply to the design and production of aircraft, and specify the amount of noise that may be emitted by an aircraft type or model. Aircraft that do not meet these standards are prohibited from engaging in air navigation in Australia unless exceptional circumstances apply. This is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Noise monitoring is conducted to:

  • determine the contribution of aircraft noise to the overall noise that a community is exposed to
  • provide information to the community about aircraft noise and operations
  • help local authorities make informed land use decisions
  • inform estimates of the impact of changes to air traffic control procedures
  • validate noise modelling
  • inform the determination of aircraft noise policy by government and assist in the implementation of legislation.

More information is available in the Monitoring Aircraft Noise fact sheet.

Access noise monitoring information for each quarter below.

July - September 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April - June 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January - March 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

October - December 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

July - September 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April - June 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January - March 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

October - December 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

July - September 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April - June 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January - March 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA