Public Consultation–National Airports Safeguarding Framework

Draft New Guideline I—Managing the Risk in Public Safety Zones at the Ends of Runways

The National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG) is seeking comments on a draft new Guideline I—Managing the Risk in Public Safety Zones at the Ends of Runways.

The below fact sheet and FAQ provide additional information on the draft Guideline:

The period for comments on the draft Guideline closes at 5pm on Thursday 12 July 2018. Please provide responses to before the closing date.


In 2010 the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG) was formed and tasked with preparing a National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF).

The NASF was agreed by Governments in 2012. It is a national land use planning framework that aims to:

  • improve community amenity by minimising aircraft noise-sensitive developments near airports; and
  • improve 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.

The NASF has implications for anyone working in town planning, residential or commercial development, building construction or related industries. It consists of a set of guiding principles with seven guidelines.

NASAG has drafted a new Guideline for Public Safety Zones (PSZs) to mitigate the risk to people on the ground near airports by informing a consistent approach to land use at the end of Australian airport runways. PSZs seek to limit land uses that would increase the number of people in the zone or result in the storage of hazardous materials in the zone.

The Guideline will assist land-use planners at all levels to better consider public safety when assessing development proposals and rezoning requests and when developing strategic land use plans.

If you would like further information about NASF or the draft guideline, please contact Ms Sharyn Owen, Director, Airport Safeguarding on (02) 6274 6125 or at

Privacy Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (the department) for the purpose of public consultation on a proposed National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF) Guideline, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The department will use this information to inform further development of the draft NASF Guideline, and may disclose information to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, or members of the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG), for the purpose of advising on comments received during public consultation.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the department. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website (private addresses and contact details will be removed) or in the Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

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