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 Preliminary Draft Master Plan (including Airport Environment Strategy) was released for the 60 business day public comment period on 7 March 2017, in accordance with the requirements of the Airports Act 1996.

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

Public comment is welcome until Tuesday 6 June 2017. The airport and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport will have regard to any written comments when finalising the Master Plan.


Copies of the Preliminary Draft Master Plan and supporting Summary Document will be available for the 60 business day consultation period by:

  • Downloading the documents free of charge from

  • visiting the Darwin International Airport Management Centre at 1 Fenton Court, Eaton NT 0820 during office hours to view or purchase printed copies

  • viewing at Darwin City, Casuarina, Palmerston and Taminmin Community libraries</