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Master Plan

Darwin International Airport Pty Ltd (DIA) has a 50-year lease plus 49-year option from the Commonwealth of Australia to manage and develop Darwin International Airport under the Airports Act 1996. DIA is also a joint-user airport under the Airports Act 1996, and a joint-user deed with the Department of Defence governs the co-located operation of DIA and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin.

The Airports Act 1996 requires that DIA prepares a 20 year Master Plan to guide development of existing and proposed airport land uses and facilities, with the Master Plan renewed every 5 years.

Amendments to the Airports Act 1996 in 2011 incorporated the Airport Environment Strategy into the Airport Master Plan. The Federal Minister subsequently aligned the expiry dates of the DIA Master Plan and Environment Strategy.

2017 Master Plan – Preliminary Draft for Public Comment

The Premliminary Draft 2017 Master Plan was released for public comment for 60 business days from 7 March to 6 June 2017.  The airport is currently preparing the Draft Master Plan for submission to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport for approval.  The airport and the Federal Minister will have regard to any written comments received during the public comment period when finalising the Master Plan.

Please click on the following links to view the Preliminary Draft Master Plan and supporting Summary Document.

Preliminary Draft 2017 Master Plan
Preliminary Draft 2017 Master Plan Summary Document


2010 Master Plan

The 2010 Master Plan was approved by the Australian Government on 6 December 2010. It provides a 20-year development concept to 2030 for long-term development of DIA as an airport with an optimal mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical uses. The Master Plan assists and encourages progressive, orderly and strong growth of the airport land.

View the 2010 Master Plan

On 2 February 2015 the current DIA 2010 Master Plan was extended to 30 June 2017, due to Defence considerations. This means the existing Airport Environment Strategy is valid until 30 June 2017.

Major Development Plan

The Major Development Plan process under the Airports Act 1996 is the development consent process for major projects at federally leased airports.

Air Traffic Control Upgrade Project

The Department of Defence and Airservices Australia have partnered to deliver the OneSKY Program, a joint solution that will bring together civil and military air traffic control under a single harmonised air traffic management system. As a result, significant upgrade is required of the existing air traffic control facilities at the airport, including construction of a new ATC tower and demolition of the existing ATC tower.

The draft Major Development Plan for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Upgrade Project was released for the 60 business day public comment period on 24 November 2016, in accordance with the requirements of the Airports Act 1996. The public comment period closed on Monday 27 February 2017.