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Air Traffic Controllers ensure the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements.


  • controls aircraft movements, and directs aircraft taxiing, take-offs and landings by radio
  • provides pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services.


  • stressful.

To become an Air Traffic Controller

  • You need to complete training with either Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to work as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible for the Airservices Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) course, you must have completed either your year 12 certificate, a diploma or degree in the last 10 years or have a current pilot licence or a relevant international qualification. You must become an officer in the Air Force to undertake the RAAF air traffic control course.

  • Registration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Air Traffic Management

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