The role

Air Traffic Controller

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

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 eleven percent of the world’s airspace, and guided by world-class technology will ensure the safe, reliable and efficient airspace use of all aircraft operating in our skies. Connecting people with their world safely.

bridget hosking

I am an on-the-job training instructor and enjoy instructing air traffic controllers in both the simulated and live training environments. Working with air traffic trainees in our simulators was an extremely rewarding experience.

Bridget Hosking, Enroute controller


About the role

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 are based around the country and work in one of our two major centres in Melbourne or Brisbane, two terminal control units or 28 control towers at international and regional airports across Australia.

There are three broad categories of Air Traffic Controllers.

In addition to the daily management of routine air traffic, controllers also provide information and assistance to pilots if they experience an in-flight emergency.



  • Work Life Balance

    Work/life balance

  • Security

    Job security

  • Competitive Salary

    Competitive salary

  • Advance Tech

    Advanced technology

  • World_Class Training

    World-class training


Role details

Air traffic controller

Recruitment process

Online application form
Make sure that you have all correct documentation at the time you submit your application.

Online ability assessments
The ability assessments are completed online at home. The ability assessments to be completed are verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, numerical calculations, a checking test and a spatial test.

Video interview
You will be asked to answer and record four interview questions. You will be given two minutes to record your answer.

We assess:
- Your motiviation for applying for the role
- Your abilty to work with people
- How you have had to adapt and respond to change
- How you strive to achieve

Your answers should be specific to one situation and built around the STAR Principle - explaining the Situation and/or Task, the Actions you took and the Result at the end.

Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centre will either be a face to face or held virtually (on MS Teams). Our team will advise which format we will adopt for the event, at the time you are invited to attend. The Assessment Centre is designed to futher assess your suitability. It includes a group exercise, verification testing and a behavioural interview

You will be asked to provide details of two recent supervisors or managers. We will notify you before contacting any referees.

Pre-employment medical and security checks
If you are successful in completing the recruitment process you will be required to satisfy the requirements for medical and security checks.

Offer to commence ATC Training
If you satisfy all of the medical and security requirement you will be issued with an official offer to become and Air Traffic Control Trainee (ATC Trainee).

Start ATC Training
Once you have accepted the offer you start your journey to become an ATC Trainee.

craig allan

I would highly recommend air traffic control as a career and feel like you’ve made a difference to the aviation community.

Craig Allan, Essendon Tower


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