Women in the Air Force
The Air Force reflects a modern Australian society and is committed to developing diverse and inclusive teams that contribute to Air Force capability. We value the contributions of our people and recognise that our members' combined knowledge, skills and experience are an essential element of our success.
All job roles in the Air Force are open to women, with equal pay to men. The range of jobs are as diverse as the people we employ, including:
- Air Traffic Control
- Doctor and other allied health roles
Visit Defence Jobs for more information about careers in the Air Force.
Initiatives to encourage women in Air Force jobs
As at 1 April 2021, women represent 25.3% of Air Force personnel and we want to increase this number.
We recognise that women are a largely untapped source of talent, especially in fields considered ‘non-traditional' for women such as technical trades and aircrew roles.
Significant resources have been allocated to attract and retain Air Force women, including the establishment of a dedicated team in 2009. Implemented strategies include:
- greater access to flexible work;
- better management of breaks in careers; and
- improved availability of mentoring and support networks.
Project WINTER (Women In Non-Traditional Roles) is specifically aimed at increasing the participation and support of women in Air Force jobs where they represent less than 7% of that workforce.
Women are eligible to fly as aircrew and/or be in control of all Air Force aircraft platforms.
Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia
Air Force has an ongoing partnership with Aviation/Aerospace Australia, a not-for-profit independent association which helps women in our workforce develop broader aviation networks.
For more information, visit Aviation/Aerospace Australia.