Master Plan

The Essendon Airport Master Plan is a 20 year plan that outlines the development strategy and planning controls for the airport.

The contents of an airport Master Plan are prescribed in Section 71 of the Airports Act 1996. Under the Act, Essendon Airport must prepare a new Master Plan every 5 years to guide the development of the airport for the next 20 year period.

Essendon Airport’s Master Plan 2013 outlines the direction and vision of Essendon Airport for the period 2013 to 2033, with the aim to create more jobs, increase community benefit and provide a greater vision for the next 20 years. Further details are also provided on future land use, development proposals and environmental impacts including noise.

The Master Plan was approved on 23 April 2014 by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP.

The Master Plan can be downloaded free of charge from the links below while the plan remains in force.

ESSENDON AIRPORT MASTER PLAN 2013 FULL VERSION INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY LAND USE PLAN (31MB)
ESSENDON AIRPORT MASTER PLAN 2013 (MAIN DOCUMENT) (24MB)
ESSENDON AIRPORT ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY 2013-2018 (4MB)
ESSENDON AIRPORT LAND USE PLAN 2013 (4.4MB)

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) recently advertised a preliminary version of its draft Master Plan 2019 which was available for public consultation from 2 April 2019 to 2 July 2019.

Thank you to the individuals and organisations that provided written submissions. Comments are now closed. EAPL will give due regard to the comments received and give an updated draft of the Master Plan to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

If approved, the final Master Plan is required to be published on this website within 50 business days after the Minister’s approval.

A major airport development is defined under Section 89 of the Airports Act 1996. A Major Development Plan is a proposal for a major airport development which is prepared by the airport and submitted to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development for approval.

During the preparation of a Major Development Plan, there is an opportunity for stakeholders and the community to comment on the proposal. In addition to being advertised in the media and on Essendon Fields Airport’s website, Major Development Plan proposals are also brought to the attention of the Victorian Government, Moonee Valley City Council and Essendon Airport’s Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG).

ARC Commercial Office Development, 2 Larkin Boulevard, Essendon Fields

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) has prepared a preliminary draft of a Major Development Plan (MDP) for a proposed commercial office development at 2 Larkin Boulevard, Essendon Fields.

The preliminary draft MDP can be downloaded free of charge at the link below. Printed copies can be inspected or purchased at Airport Management, Level 2, 7 English Street, Essendon Fields Monday to Friday during normal office hours (excluding public holidays).

Members of the public are invited to give written comments about the preliminary draft MDP during the consultation period. Public consultation commences 28 May 2019 for a period of 60 business days. The last day for EAPL to receive written comments is 22 August 2019.

Written comments can be submitted by email to:
MDPcomments@ef.com.au

Or sent by post to:
Essendon Airport Pty Ltd
Level 2, 7 English Street
Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041

190523 EF ARC Commercial Office MDP Larkin Boulevard Preliminary Draft

Essendon Fields Airport is located on Commonwealth Land and as such, the State legislation as it relates to the building approval process does not apply. Building works at Essendon Fields Airport are instead subject to regulatory controls by the Federal Government under the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996.

The Airport Building Controller (ABC) is appointed by the Commonwealth Government to ensure that activities at Essendon Airport meet the relevant building and engineering standards. The ABC must be notified about any and all construction activities and formal approval given by way of a Building or Works Permit before works commence. This includes new buildings, fit-outs, civil works such as roads and drains, trenching, excavation and demolition activities.

Under the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996, some building activities are exempt from a formal application process. However, it is a requirement of the Regulations that the ABC is notified of these works. For an application for a building activity to be successful at Essendon Fields Airport, it must be consistent with the Essendon Airport Master Plan. In addition to a building permit from the ABC, a separate Planning Consent from the Airport Operator may also be required regarding Use of Land and/or Buildings and Works.

Applicants are advised to contact EAPL at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their proposal.

Airport Building Controller (ABC) forms
BUILDING APPROVALS AT ESSENDON FIELDS AIRPORT
APPLICATION FORM BUILDING PERMIT
APPLICATION FORM DEMOLITION AUTHORISATION
CERTIFICATION DESIGN FORM
APPLICATION FORM CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE
APPLICATION FORM CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE (WORKS)
APPLICATION FORM EXEMPTION DETERMINATION
APPLICATION FORM TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE OCCUPANCY
APPLICATION FORM VARIATION STAGE PERMIT
BUILDING APPROVAL LODGEMENT CHECKLIST
APPLICATION FOR PLANNING CONSENT AT ESSENDON AIRPORT
APPLICATION FOR ADVERTISING SIGNS AT ESSENDON AIRPORT

Building Applications

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd maintains a register of building activity applications, as required under the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996. Details of building activity applications that have been approved or are currently under consideration by the Airport Building Controller can be viewed at the link below.

REGISTER OF BUILDING APPLICATIONS

Contractor Inductions

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) and Essendon Fields Pty Ltd (EFPL) require all contractors working on airport site to undertake an online Contractor Induction programme and carry a completion certificate with them at all times whilst working on the airport site. A separate induction program has been developed for those contractors working Airside or Landside which address the specific requirements for working in each area.

Non-compliance with the requirements covered within this induction is a breach of Head Contract Requirements and appropriate action will be taken to ensure compliance. Should you have any queries, contact your supervisor or Essendon Fields Project Manager.

CLICK HERE TO UNDERTAKE THE CONTRACTOR INDUCTION:
COMPLETE VICPASS APPLICATION HERE

Environmental programs are in place to manage Essendon Airport’s 305 hectare site whilst also minimising the airport’s impact on the surrounding environment.

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) prepares an Environment Strategy every five years in accordance with the Airports Act 1996 and Regulations. The current 2013 – 2018 Airport Environmental Strategy is included within the approved Essendon Airport Master Plan and is also available to download separately from the link below.

ESSENDON AIRPORT ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY 2013-2018 (4MB)

EPBC Act

EPBC 2014/7213

Proposed commercial development, including earthworks, construction of roads and services infrastructure in the Wirraway North Precinct, Essendon Airport, Victoria.

The proposed action is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). The controlling provisions are listed threatened species and communities (Sections 18 and 18A); and Commonwealth land (sections 26 and 27A). The proposed action involves the removal of native vegetation from the development site to facilitate the commercial development of the Airport.

On March 31, 2015, the proposed action received approval under the EPBC Act by the Delegate for the Minister for the Environment (Cth). Management Plans associated with the approval can be accessed from the links below:

CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
OFFSET MANAGEMENT PLAN

In accordance with the conditions of approval, Essendon Airport Pty Ltd must publish an annual report on this website addressing compliance with each condition, including implementation of any management plan. The annual report is due to be published within three months of every 12 month anniversary of the commencement of construction.

Annual Compliance Reports:

160805 COMPLIANCE REPORT 2016 – EPBC 2014-7213 (WITH ATTACHMENTS).PDF
170803 COMPLIANCE REPORT 2017 – EPBC 2014-7213 (WITH ATTACHMENTS).PDF
181005 COMPLIANCE REPORT 2018 – EPBC 2014-7213 (WITH ATTACHMENTS).PDF
181005 COMPLIANCE REPORT 2019 – EPBC 2014-7213 (WITH ATTACHMENTS).PDF

Essendon Fields Airport’s history includes its prior role as the main international and domestic airport for Melbourne and one of Australia’s major airports from 1921 to 1971 and its association with, and role in, the development of Australia’s key domestic airlines.

Essendon was Melbourne’s first and Australia’s second International Airport. In the 1940s, it was the busiest airport in Australia and one of the busiest in the British Commonwealth. The airport played an important role in aircraft manufacturing during the Second World War and also in accommodating air traffic during the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd remains committed to complying wjith its heritage obligations and recognises the heritage significance of the place. In 2006 EAPL prepared a Heritage Management Plan as part of its environment strategy.

Examples of EAPL’s commitment to preserving buildings with heritage values include the refurbishment of the former Area Approach Control Centre at 40 English Street and the complete upgrade of the Beaufort Building which was transformed into award-winning offices.