Air Force Training Group

Air Force Training Group (AFTG) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the future Air Force is Potent, Competent, Effective and Essential, by skilling the Australian Defence workforce in the adaptive, agile application of Air Power capability.

It provides Air Force with the right people, at the right time and with the right skills. AFTG is on the forefront of the transformation of Air Force into a fifth generation fighting force.  

With the introduction of highly complex platforms to meet the challenges of a changing world, AFTG uses world-class training and education philosophies, methods and tools to deliver innovative training that supports and promotes Air Force. 

Structure of Air Force Training Group

Air Force Training Group consists of a headquarters, a college, a number of supporting units, and two wings that comprise flying units and ground schools.

The group also supports Air Force public relations activities through the Roulettes Aerobatic team, the Air Force Balloon, the RAAF Museum and the Air Force Band.

Each of the major wings and units below has a specific responsibility to Air Force training, and report directly to Commander Air Force Training Group:

  • Headquarters Air Force Training Group (RAAF Base Williams);
  • Air Training Wing (RAAF Base East Sale);
  • Ground Training Wing (RAAF Base Wagga); and
  • RAAF College (RAAF Base Wagga).

Headquarters Air Force Training Group

Headquarters Air Force Training Group (HQ AFTG) is responsible for providing policy guidance, support and strategic planning to Commander Air Force Training Group for the management of Air Force training.

In addition, HQ AFTG conducts:

  • higher-level training evaluation studies;
  • training design;
  • research and development in training technology; and
  • oversight of rationalised training on behalf of Air Force.

The headquarters also issues nationally recognised civilian training awards based on Service vocational training and formally recognised, relevant experience.

Air Training Wing

Air Training Wing is responsible for conducting basic and instructor training for pilots, air combat officers and air traffic controllers. It also provides aircrew combat survival training for Air Force and other Australian Defence Force personnel.

The Air Training Wing manages:

  • No. 2 Flying Training School (RAAF Base Pearce);
  • Combat Survival and Training School (RAAF Base Townsville);
  • ADF Basic Flying Training School (Tamworth);
  • Central Flying School (RAAF Base East Sale);
  • School of Air Warfare (RAAF Base East Sale);
  • School of Air Traffic Control (RAAF Base East Sale);
  • No. 32 Squadron (RAAF Base East Sale); and
  • RAAF Museum (RAAF Base Williams).

Air Training Wing operates PC-9/A aircraft for pilot training at No. 2 Flying Training School, and pilot instructor training at Central Flying School, and will soon transition to PC21 aircraft.

No. 32 Squadron operates B350 aircraft that provide direct support to the School of Air Warfare.

Air Training Wing also promotes RAAF Public Affairs through fly-pasts and displays by the Air Force Roulettes, the RAAF Museum, and the Air Force Balloon.

Ground Training Wing

Ground Training Wing (GTW) provides entry level and specialist training across a broad range of ground-based musterings and specialisations including security, fire and ground defence, administration and logistics, technical trades, and explosive ordnance.

GTW comprises a number of training schools at RAAF Base Wagga, including:

  • School of Administrative and Logistics Training;
  • Security and Fire (Training) School;
  • School of Technical Training; and
  • Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School.

RAAF College

RAAF College (RAAFCOL) is responsible for all initial, career development, promotion and leadership training in Air Force.

RAAFCOL manages the following Schools and Units around Australia;

  • No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (RAAF Base Wagga);
  • Officer Training School (RAAF Base East Sale);
  • School of Postgraduate Studies (RAAF Base Wagga), with Corporal Promotion Centres at RAAF Bases Richmond and Amberley; and
  • Air Force Band (RAAF Base Williams).

Joining the Air Force

For information on joining the Air Force, please visit Defence Jobs.