Aerodrome Certificate - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to apply for this certificate if you intend to operate an aerodrome. An aerodrome is an area of land or water, including any buildings, installations and equipment, which is used wholly or partly for the arrival, departure or movement of aircraft.

You will only need to apply for this certificate if the aerodrome has a runway suitable for use by an aircraft that has a maximum:

  • passenger seating capacity of more than 30
  • carrying capacity of more than 3 400 kilograms

and is available for use in regular public transport operations or charter operations.

The option for aerodrome certification is available to all aerodromes provided they meet the conditions of certification. Aerodromes that do not need an aerodrome certificate may still apply to be registered. Aerodromes available for public use with a non-precision approach runway must be certified or registered.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • Be the operator of the aerodrome.
  • Ensure that the aerodrome's facilities and equipment are compliant with the Manual of Standards for a certified aerodrome.
  • Ensure that your operational procedures make provision for the safety of aircraft;Be able to prove your ability to properly operate and maintain the aerodrome.
  • Prepare a compliant aerodrome manual.
  • Demonstrate that your aerodrome operating procedures show a clear understanding of your responsibilities and are adequate for the particular aerodrome concerned.
  • Provide evidence that the personnel employed at the aerodrome have the appropriate skill, experience and training.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Certificates remain in force until suspended or cancelled.



Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Aerodrome Inspector
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6217 1111

Toll Free:

13 17 57

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