Aerodrome Certificate - Australian Government


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, 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
  • 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.

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 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 Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

$160 multiplied by the total number of hours spent in the inspection and assessment of the application.


Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Aerodrome Inspector

Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 13 17 57
Phone: 02 6217 1111

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