AFAP Membership – Why Join?

The Federation has the most experienced and skilled industrial, legal, safety and technical team in Australian aviation. Our team is dedicated to serving the industrial and professional interests of almost 5000 members, spread across all sectors of the aviation industry. 

Our services include:

  • expert advice on award, enterprise agreement and employment matters
  • assistance in negotiating enterprise agreements
  • representation in the event of a dispute with an employer
  • exclusive access to Australian Air Pilots MBF Loss of Licence Cover;
  • assistance in the event of an accident or incident;
  • AFAP 24/7 Emergency Hotline;
  • Member Assistance Program (MAP);
  • Accident & Incident training course;
  • updates on pilot issues through regular newsletters and magazines

Types of Membership


For pilots who are employed in Australia. Full membership includes access to all Federation services, including industrial advice and representation, AFAP publications and newsletters, member discounts, and access to AAPMBF loss of licence cover. Employed cadet pilots qualify as full members. 

Cost: 1% of salary*


For AFAP members who take up employment with an overseas operator.

Captain $330 annually
First Officer $165 annually


For pilots who are ready, willing and able to accept employment in the industry and who are actively seeking work in the profession.

Cost: $77 annually


Cadet pilots or aviation students undertaking a course of study through an accredited training provider or University, with the intention of pursuing a career as a commercial pilot, may apply for free Cadet/Student membership. For anyone considering becoming a pilot this information may be of use.

Cost: Free

* For subscription purposes salary means gross salary including fixed additions and allowances (such as check or training allowances) and excluding variable and reimbursement allowances (such as overtime payments, call in payments or meal allowances). Salary is exclusive of the SGC (superannuation guarantee contribution).

AFAP membership is only available to pilots who hold Australian citizenship, are permanent residents or fly for an Australian air operator.

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Benefits of Membership

  • Air Pilots Award, Enterprise Agreements & Employment Contracts

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  • Industrial & Legal Advice and Representation

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  • Accident & Incident Training

    AFAP provides Members with training and support in regard to the regulatory framework around their rights and responsibilities in case of an accident or incident.

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  • Safety And Technical

    AFAP S&T part of the AusALPA and IFALPA associations

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  • MBF Loss of Licence Cover

    AFAP members have exclusive access to the Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund (MBF) - the premier provider of loss of licence support to commercial pilots in Australia.

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  • The Women's Network

    Our Network events provide an excellent opportunity to network with other female pilots from all corners of aviation.

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  • Welfare Services

    Member Assistance Program, AFAP Welfare Representatives, HIMS Australia

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  • New Wings

    New Wings seeks to promote and advance the interests of Australia's next generation of pilots.

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  • Taxation Issues

    ATO Rulings, Determinations, and other important tax information

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  • Smart Phone App

    Links to the App stores to download the Members Only AFAP/AAPMBF App. Password available from the AFAP office.

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  • Membership Discounts

    Various third party arrangements with the AFAP for the benefit of members

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