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 over 4500 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;
  • the AFAP 24/7 Emergency Hotline;
  • our Member Assistance Program (MAP);
  • our 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 plus endorsement related allowances.


For AFAP members previously based in Australia who have moved to employment with an overseas operator.

First Officer $165 per financial year
Captain $330 per financial year


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 per financial year


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

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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  • AAPMBF 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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  • Member Assistance Program (MAP)

    The AFAP’s Membership Assistance Program or MAP is a psychological health service that is free for our members and their immediate family, and is totally confidential.

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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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