In 2013, BAC commissioned the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to undertake a long-term study to explore the potential impact of aircraft noise on Brisbane residential property prices in response to community concerns about the impact of flight paths and aircraft noise on property value.
The report "Impact of Aircraft Noise on Brisbane Residential Property Sectors" analyses the investment performance of 53 suburbs across Brisbane under current and future flight paths. The suburbs identified in the study are subject to a range of exposures to aircraft noise from existing and future runway operations at Brisbane Airport.
Commissioned in 2013, the first study undertakes an historical analysis from 1988-2013 (1988, being the year the current Airport opened). Updated each year, the report currently analyses 31 years of historical sales data for property in Brisbane (1988-2018).
This report is reviewed and updated annually by the original authors; Professor Chris Eves (RMIT) and Dr Andrea Blake (QUT), and is considered one of the most comprehensive long-term studies of the impact of aircraft noise on residential property value undertaken globally.
The most recent report (1988-2020) concludes that
“The full 33-year analysis also confirms that the suburbs under the existing runway flight paths and within the inner city and middle ring locations of Brisbane are still showing higher average annual capital returns compared to other less well-located suburbs of Brisbane. This is still evidenced by the 33-year average annual returns for Brisbane suburbs under existing flight paths showing average annual returns over 33 years in excess of 8% per annum, well above the Brisbane average of 6.53%.”
The original report (1988-2013) and each annual update can be downloaded below: