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Ensuring people and businesses across the country and around the globe remain connected through the delivery and supply of critical goods and essential services.

The Australian aviation industry is a crucial component of the country's transportation infrastructure, connecting people and businesses both domestically and internationally. 

Australia’s aviation sector was dramatically hit by COVID-19. By 2020, 38.5% of the industry’s workforce had been lost through early retirements or transition into more secure employment. In the post-pandemic environment, aviation has rebounded strongly with nearly 83% of COVID-19 induced stand downs being reversed.

Despite these challenges, the industry has remained resilient, with many airlines introducing new routes and expanding their operations.

Additionally, the industry has benefited from significant investment in airport infrastructure, including upgrades to major airports such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Strong employment growth of 10.5% is forecast for the sector in the period to 2026. In a safety critical, highly regulated sector, this strong skills demand will create challenges for the VET sector. The Australian aviation industry faces significant opportunities, including the potential for increased tourism, growth in the domestic market, and the emergence of new technologies and advancements. 

Aviation sector workforce planning and development

ISA collaborates with Jobs and Skills Australia, industry, unions, industry associations and Registered Training Organisations to identify workforce development needs and formulate industry workforce development plans that identify industry’s current and emerging skills needs, workforce development requirements at the national level and propose strategies in response to them. 

The Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system aims to provide individuals with work-ready skills for the labour market – skills that businesses and industries need to be highly productive and internationally competitive. 

The Aviation Training Package meets the needs of the industry and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations including Aerodrome Operations, Aviation Transport Security Protection, Search and Rescue, Air Traffic Control, Flight Operations including remote pilot.



A career in the Aviation industry can take you across the country and around the globe, connecting you with people and businesses from around the world.  Employing more than 93,000 people, it is one of the largest industries in Australia and is a major economic contributor, creating jobs and facilitating international trade and tourism.

With a career in Aviation you will take on new challenges everyday and be responsible for delivering customers an experience, not just a mode of transport. From commanding or maintaining aircraft to attending to passengers in the air or on the ground in a fast-paced airport, you can reach for the sky to find a career that’s right for you.

Your Industry Engagement Manager

Paschal Somers

Paschal has a broad professional background in Vocational Education and Training (VET) spanning 15 years. He has experience in adult education, including as a lecturer and work-based trainer, learning and assessment program design, and RTO compliance related work. He has facilitated staff development programs in industries including Education, Health, Transport, Automotive and Department of Justice. He holds a Master of Education and a Diploma of vocational education and training, as well as other vocational qualifications.

How to get involved

Great ideas to address these challenges and many more can come from anyone and anywhere. Whether you’d like to collaborate with us, share your ideas, get involved in our activities or simply stay informed, get in touch now to join us on the journey.

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