Aerodrome Certificate - Australian Government


You will need this certificate if you intend to operate an aerodrome. An aerodrome is an area of land or water, including any buildings, installations and equipment, used 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 thirty
  • a maximum carrying capacity of more than 3400 kilograms
  • 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 for registration. Aerodromes available for public use with a non-precision approach runway require registration or certification.

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 an 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.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $160.00

Fee per hour spent on the inspection and assessment of the application. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

Application process


New applications for certifying an aerodrome may be arranged by contacting the agency.


This certificate is non-transferable. To facilitate a change of aerodrome operator, the existing operator must request the cancellation of their existing certificate in conjunction with the approval of the application for a new certificate from the incoming operator.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation

Contact details

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