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Customers that fly with the Qantas Group can be assured that our pilots have the skills, training and commitment to make their journey a safe and enjoyable one.

Our pilots are selected by the Qantas Group for their experience, talent and ability to handle any situation. They’re rewarded for their performance, skills and dedication through active career progression backed by excellent training, facilities and ongoing support.

We're looking for the next generation of pilots to join us, and are seeking applications from suitably qualified pilots, instructors, trainees and cadet pilots.

Qantas

One of the world’s most experienced airlines, we operate a technically advanced fleet of Airbus (A380 and A330) and Boeing (744 and 737NG) aircraft with the Boeing 787 currently on order.

Qantas Direct Entry Trainee Second Officer Scheme

As a Trainee Second Officer, you'll perform an essential role as part of the Qantas operating crew on our long haul services. At present, our Second Officers perform critical duties on our B747-400, A330 and A380 aircraft. As our airline continues to grow, our Second Officers will also perform duties on our new B787-9 aircraft.

Qantas Trainee Second Officers are trained at one of the world's most respected and professional flight training establishments - Qantas Flight Training. You'll be able to develop and learn with dedicated staff who are committed to our industry leading safety standards. You'll work with experienced Qantas pilots to develop your operational experience on an active line, and have the opportunity to travel the world on some of the most technologically-advanced aircraft in the industry.

As a Second Officer, you'll form part of a team dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of the aircraft, delivering premium customer service and upholding Qantas' core professional values.

Learn about the Qantas direct entry minimum requirements [PDF].

Pilot recruitment process

To ensure best practice, we continuously review our recruitment process in light of industry feedback, internal and external governance requirements.

The recruitment process involves a number of stages including:

  • Initial application
  • Psychometric testing
  • Online / phone interview
  • Assessment Centre - which may include group activities, scenarios and a behavioural based interview.
  • Medical assessments
  • Simulator assessments.

Refer to the Civil Aviation Safety AuthorityOpens external site in a new window (CASA) for more infomation about becoming a pilot.

QantasLink

We’re proud to represent regional Australia and be a part of its communities. Our modern fleet of Dash-8, Q400, 300 and 200 aircraft proudly service regional Australia and connect regional ports with our capital cities. Our pilots get the best of both worlds with challenging, hands-on piloting, and the opportunity to experience the true beauty of our nation.

As a QantasLink Flight Crew member you’ll make safety your first priority and take looking after our customers seriously.

The ongoing training we provide is of the highest standard, highly regarded in the aviation industry, and designed to ensure our impeccable safety record is maintained while developing our crew to their full potential. In exchange for your hard work and commitment, you’ll have the chance to expand your skills and experience including command upgrades, training and checking positions and opportunities to move into regulatory and compliance roles within Flying Operations.

Although we’re a large company, we’re one big family. Every pilot becomes part of our loyal, close-knit team, and is valued for their contribution to our company's visions and values.

If you're keen to join our team, based on your experience, there are three pathways to register your interest; through the QantasLink/UNSW Partnership, as a Direct Entry First Officer, or as a Trainee First Officer (level 1 or 2). More information on each of these is below.

QantasLink pilot

QantasLink/UNSW Partnership

QantasLink and UNSW have partnered to offer an exciting new career path for aspiring pilots. The program is designed for pilots who don't currently meet the First Officer direct entry minimum criteria. This training path provides motivated candidates with the skills needed to transition into an airline environment.

Students who enrol in the UNSW Bachelor of Aviation Flying or the Graduate Diploma in Flying, and have an unrestricted right to work in Australia, may apply to become a QantasLink approved student. As an approved student you can enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying, enabling you to be considered for a First Officer position with us. Visit www.aviation.unsw.edu.auOpens external site in a new window for information on the partnership.

QantasLink Direct Entry First Officer

Minimum requirements

  • Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence or Australian Commercial Pilot Licence with passes in all Australian ATPL theory subjects. International applicants, visit CASAOpens external site in a new window for information on converting overseas licenses. 
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6 on your licence.
  • Hold current endorsements for Instrument Approach 2D and 3D on a current Australian Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane. New Zealand applicants must have converted their licence/ratings to an Australian Licence/Rating prior to applying for a position.
  • Total aeronautical experience of 700 hours or greater.
  • 250 hours or greater PIC of a multi-engine aeroplane (MEA) (excluding ICUS & SIM); or 250 hours or greater PIC of a single engine turbine aircraft greater than 3,400kg MTOW (excluding ICUS & SIM); or 250 hours or greater as a co-pilot in a multi-engine turbine, multi-crew aircraft (excluding ICUS & SIM).
  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.
  • Be willing and able to pass drug and alcohol testing.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) (effective 1st July 1997 under the Commonwealth Air Navigation Act, you are required to undertake extensive background and security checks, at your own expense, to establish your eligibility to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Hold a current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas ports of call with at least 12 months validity.

QantasLink Trainee First Officers - level 1 and 2

We have some exciting new opportunities for Trainee First Officers to join our team. Be a part of our future, in a role that offers excellent training and progression.

Our Trainee First Officers opportunities have two levels based on your experience.  

Trainee First Officer - level 1 - minimum requirements

  • Australian Commercial Pilot Licence. International applicants, visit CASAOpens external site for information on converting overseas licenses. 
  • A pass in Australian ATPL Human Factors theory.
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6 on your licence.
  • Hold current endorsements for Instrument Approach 2D and 3D on a current Australian Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane. New Zealand applicants must have converted their licence/ratings to an Australian Licence/Rating prior to applying for a position.
  • Total aeronautical experience of 150 hours or greater.
  • 70 hours or greater PIC of an aeroplane (excluding ICUS and SIM).
  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.
  • Higher School Certificate with passes in suitable Year 12 Maths and English (approved bridging courses will be considered) or a fully completed Bachelor Degree in any discipline.
  • Be willing and able to pass drug and alcohol testing.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • Hold a current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas ports of call with at least 12 months validity.

Trainee First Officer - level 2 - minimum requirements

  • Australian Commercial Pilot Licence with passes in all Australian ATPL theory subjects. International applicants, visit CASAOpens external site for information on converting overseas licenses. 
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6 on your licence.
  • Hold current endorsements for Instrument Approach 2D and 3D on a current Australian Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane. New Zealand applicants must have converted their licence/ratings to an Australian Licence/Rating prior to applying for a position.
  • Total aeronautical experience of 250 hours or greater.
  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.
  • Higher School Certificate (documentation required), with passes in suitable Year 12 Maths and English (approved bridging courses will be considered) or a fully completed Bachelor Degree in any discipline.
  • Be willing and able to pass drug and alcohol testing.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • Hold a current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas ports of call with at least 12 months validity.

Jetconnect

Our pilots fly our fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. With a variety of flying backgrounds offering a unique combination of experience, our pilots are an integral part of the Jetconnect team ensuring operational excellence within a safety conscious culture.

At Jetconnect we're looking for Flight Crew who are professional, hardworking, safety conscious, have good interpersonal skills and enjoy working within a team. 

Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements for Jetconnect pilots are:

  • Hold a NZATPL - or - NZCPL with passes in all written NZATPL exams and 250 hours PIC
  • Current Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • Level 6 English Language Proficiency Demonstration
  • Hold New Zealand residency or the legal right to work in NZ
  • Be able to swim 50 metres fully clothed then tread water for 3 minutes

The minimum requirements for First Officers are:

  • 2,000 hours total flight time
  • 1,000 hours total Multi-Engine flight time
  • Total instrument time - 100 hours
  • Total night flight time - 25 hours
  • Total time on Air Operations - 100 hours
  • Boeing 737-800 Type Rating

Jetstar

Jetstar, Australia's low fares airline, is currently considering applications for pilot positions for our modern fleet of Airbus and Boeing 787 aircraft.

Find out about career opportunities at JetstarOpens external site in a new window.

Jetstar pilot taxiing

Network Aviation

Based at Perth Airport, we’re Western Australia’s premier aircraft charter company for FIFO and private air charters. As a subsidiary of Qantas, we’re committed to providing charter services of the highest standards and have an excellent reputation for safety, reliability, and outstanding customer service.

Network Aviation specialises in mining charters, corporate charters, and emergency freight. We operate over 270 flights a week, including our charters and a number of regular airline services from Perth Airport to destinations throughout WA under the QantasLink banner.

Express Freighters

Express Freighters Australia (EFA) is Qantas Freight's wholly-owned subsidiary freighter management company.

EFA provides aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance services (known as a wet lease) to Australian air Express and Qantas Freight on long term contracts. EFA has its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and currently operates four B737-300 converted freighter aircraft and a B767-300F freighter aircraft in Qantas Freight livery.

Important information

Disclaimer: * An Australian licence can be converted to a New Zealand licence via the TTMRA process.

Disclaimer: ~ A Boeing 737-800 Type Rating is required to join Jetconnect. If you're a qualified pilot and meet the other requirements without this type rating, we have a partnership with Boeing to provide one. You won't be a Jetconnect employee during this time however, on employment, we'll provide you with a one-off reimbursement of costs associated with the travel and living expenses for obtaining the type rating.