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Air Traffic Control Trainee

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Work type: Full Time Permanent
Location: Various
Categories: Safety, Technology, Aviation, Air Traffic Control, ATC Trainee


Are you ready for a career that brings a whole new world of exciting possibilities?

The Career For the Future - Become an Air Traffic Controller with Airservices Australia

As an Air Traffic Controller, you will be playing a crucial role as the guardian of the Australian sky. You will be part of a vital team that manages 11% of the world’s airspace, and guided by world-class technology that will ensure the safe, reliable and efficient airspace use of all aircraft operating in our skies.

Air Traffic Controllers manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and between airports throughout Australia and with overseas regions adjoining Australian airspace. This is a rewarding role that requires a high level of commitment and responsibility.

Air Traffic Controllers will work in one of our two major centres in Melbourne or Brisbane, or in one of our 28 control towers at international and regional airports across Australia.

As a Trainee Air Traffic Controller, you will receive comprehensive training from our Registered Training Organisation (RTO 5168) based in Melbourne. Training is delivered via a combination of classroom based and practical training. Upon successful completion of training, a nationally recognised qualification will be awarded in the form of an AVI50115 Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control).


At Airservices Australia we are sparking a bright future - a new dawn in aviation. Air traffic controllers are the navigators of this new world. Connecting people with their world safely.

Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safety of 11% of the world’s airspace. We are responsible for the safe and efficient management of Australia's skies and the provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia's busiest airports. We work closely with our customers and industry to supporting the long-term growth of the aviation.

We provide a range of world-class services that allow safe and equitable access to Australia's skies. Our primary focus is ensuring safe air travel and providing service outcomes that are matched to the needs of our customers.

Navigating the airways has never been so exciting with modern forms of aviation including drone technology and an integrated civil and military aviation ecosystem. We are investing in the projects and technologies that represent the future of Australian aviation. With projects such as OneSKY at the centre of our business, we are working to position Australia at the forefront of innovation in the global aviation industry.


We are seeking applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and encourage everybody interested in an Air Traffic Control career to apply. You do not require aviation experience to become an Air Traffic Controller.

Airservices is seeking applicants with resilience, situational awareness, problem solving, multitasking and forward-thinking.  Additionally, applicants need to be reliable, vigilant and have the ability to adapt and overcome challenges.

To be become an Air Traffic Controller, you must be able to meet the requirements as specified below:

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident.
  • Have completed secondary education, including passes in English and Maths. (International qualifications will need to be assessed by an appropriate authority as equivalent, refer to the FAQs for additional information relating to the assessment).

For further information relating to eligibility criteria and recruitment process, timeframes, testing, training, salary our FAQs, please click on the links below:


You will find your career with Airservices challenging and highly rewarding. Airservices offers a range of benefits which will enhance your career.  Benefits include:

  • Excellent remuneration and generous super contribution, including a salary whilst you are being trained
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Future career opportunities including area’s of leadership, safety, training and projects
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Gymnasium with personal instructors in our operational centres (Melbourne and Brisbane)
  • Supportive and professional culture


If you have previously applied for the position of Air Traffic Controller in Training and deemed unsuccessful, you must wait a minimum of 12 months from the time you were notified of the outcome before reapplying.

To apply for this position please read the criteria thoroughly before lodging an application online via the “apply link”. Attach your resume and a cover letter outlining your skills and experience and how they relate to this role.

Application Timeline

Please note that candidates who submit an eligible application will be invited to undertake a series of online tests that must be completed shortly after this advertisement has concluded, and pending your results you may then be invited to undertake further online testing modules as well as a phone or video interview. Candidates who successfully progress through these stages may also be invited to attend an assessment centre virtually from as early as November 2021. Further details will be provided during your application.

Applications close at 11:55pm (AEDT) Monday, 4th October 2021

Please also refer to the Security check requirements successful applicants will be required to undertake as part of the recruitment process.Download File Guide for Candidates - June 2021.pdf

Airservices values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

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