Two Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs arrive at the 2017 Australian International Airshow.

The first phase in the Officer Aviation Candidate (OAC) selection process is conducted by Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) and contains a number of steps.  Some of these steps will be conducted on-line and others will be conducted at the nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre (DFRC).  These steps are designed to screen out applicants who are unsuitable because they do not meet defined standards. The areas that applicants are assessed in include:

  • Education
  • Citizenship
  • General Cognitive Ability
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Medical/Psychological Suitability
  • Motivation and knowledge of roles and training
  • Organisational Fit
  • Leadership Potential

Applicants applying for Pilot in the Army and Navy go through exactly the same steps. For more information on the Navy and Army Aviation Careers go to Defence Jobs.

Applicants who meet all of the requirements will then be contacted by DFR staff to arrange attendance of the Aviation Screening Program which is conducted at RAAF Base East Sale