Melbourne Airport

Runway Development Program

What's in the MDP?

Developments at Melbourne Airport valued at more than $20 million, or those which have a significant impact on the environment or local community, require a Major Development Plan (MDP).

This is because Melbourne Airport is on Commonwealth land and is subject to Commonwealth planning approvals and procedures which are set out under the Airports Act 1996 (the Airports Act).

MDPs present an overview of a proposed project and why it is required. They also provide information about the project’s potential environmental and community impacts.

Importantly, the MDP includes a formal public comment period which becomes part of the final submission to the Commonwealth Government.


The MDP for the Runway Development Program will be informed by multiple technical studies, commissioned by Melbourne Airport. 

Findings of the Ecological Impact Assessment are the first to be released, with additional studies to focus on the impacts to people and cover noise, environment, flight paths, health, and social and economic impacts.

Key findings from the studies will be provided in this section as work progresses on the development of the MDP.

Ecological Impact Assessment

An independent Ecological Impact Assessment of Melbourne Airport’s Runway Development Program (RDP) examined the potential impacts of the RDP’s construction and operations on local flora, fauna and their habitats.

MDP Fact Sheet