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Friday, 20 September 2019

National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF) Implementation Review

The national review is intended to consider implementation of the NASF across jurisdictions, with feedback being sought from all levels of government, industry and community stakeholders.

About the National Airports Safety Framework (NASF)

The NASF is a national land use planning framework (including principles and guidelines) that aims to improve:

  • community amenity by minimising aircraft noise-sensitive developments near airports, and
  • safety outcomes by ensuring aviation safety requirements are recognised in land use planning decisions through guidelines being adopted by jurisdictions on various safety-related issues.

How the NASF is implemented in Queensland

Queensland implements the NASF via the State Planning Policy (SPP), which local governments appropriately integrate into planning schemes, where relevant (see SPP State Interest - Strategic Airports and Aviation Facilities). 

The following NASF Guidelines have not yet been integrated into the Queensland planning system, but are on Queensland’s future policy development agenda:   

  • Guideline B: Managing the Risk of Building Generated Windshear and Turbulence at Airports 
  • Guideline H: Protecting Strategically Important Helicopter Landing Sites

Queensland also already protects public safety areas (PSAs) at the end of airport runways via the SPP. However, the State Government has indicated it may undertake a review of the existing SPP policies in light of Guideline I: Managing the Risk in Public Safety Zones at the Ends of Runways.  

Scope of the review

Feedback is being sought on the six key focus areas, outlined in the Terms of Reference for the review:

  1. Whether the NASF has been/is being embedded in legislation/regulations?
  2. Whether the NASF is reflected in policy, guidance and any other planning advice?
  3. What impediments (if any) have there been to full implementation?
  4. The level of awareness, consideration and use of the NASF principles and Guidelines A to I by relevant government agencies, public and private airport operators.
  5. The level of industry and community stakeholder awareness and familiarity with the NASF framework and guidelines.
  6. Any specific case studies to illustrate the impact of NASF on land use planning decisions. 

Making a submission 

Local governments impacted by strategic airports in Queensland are encouraged to contribute comments to the NASF Implementation Review. Submissions are due by 5pm on 22 November 2019 and can be made by email or post:

General Manager
Aviation Environment
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
GPO Box 594

Further information

Who is the NASAG?

The National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG) comprises representatives of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government planning and transport officials, the Australian Government Department of Defence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), and developed the NASF.

Next steps

The Review report will put forward recommendations, as required, on measures that could enhance further implementation. A draft report is expected to be provided to NASAG members for consideration by 31 January 2020. Subsequently, it is anticipated that a final report will be presented to the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials Committee in the first half of 2020. 


For further information about NASF or the Implementation Review, please contact Ms Sharyn Owen, Director, Airport Safeguarding on (02) 6274 6125.

For further information about how the NASF is implemented in Queensland, please contact contact Ms Davina Baird, Senior Advisor, Planning Policy at TMR. 

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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