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The Aviation Industry covers domestic commercial aviation, international commercial aviation and general aviation for both passengers and freight. 

The main work sectors are:

  • Flight operations such as pilots and cabin crew
  • Ground services such as customer service and check-in, baggage handling and airside refuelling
  • Aviation safety and security such as airside security and passenger screening personnel

Regulation and licensing is an important part of this industry.  Airline operators and employees may need to meet both local and international licencing rules.  Different rules apply to different occupations.

While there is often a close relationship between the national apprentice and traineeship qualifications and other regulatory certificates, they are issued by different authorities. 

You will need to research is needed to understand what is needed, for example how far a vocational training certificate goes toward meeting relevant Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licencing requirements.

What does this industry cover?

  • Domestic commercial aviation
  • International commercial aviation
  • General aviation including chartered flights
  • Air-freight transport
  • Aviation support infrastructure.

Industry Information

The Aviation industry is vital to Australian business and tourism and employs nearly 50,000 people directly and another 500,000 indirectly.

Growth depends heavily on an adequate supply of skilled people. Aviation is a global industry, which means that the workforce is highly mobile. The global aviation industry will need to train and employ almost half a million new pilots over the next 20 years, according to the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in these sectors are quite low. The majority of the domestic and international airlines operating in Australia undertake their own recruitment and training so look to their websites for careers information.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to June 2018: 132

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/12/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Cabin Crew

Cargo Services Operator

Customer Service Officer

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Transport, Logistics & Warehousing

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Analytic & Scientific

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Career Pathways

Aviation has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma.  Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Australian Industry Standards
  • Aviation/Aerospace Australia
  • Australian Airports Association
  • Australian Industry Group 
  • Regional Aviation Association of Australia


  • ​Aviation Transport Security - Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Flight Operations - Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Ground Operations -Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Air Traffic Services - Airservices Australia