Women in the Air Force

Every role in the Air Force is open to women, who enjoy excellent career opportunities, an exciting lifestyle, a supportive environment and equal opportunities for education and advancement.

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A culture of career equality

Today's Air Force is an excellent career choice for women. You'll receive exactly the same training, vocational development and promotion opportunities as your male colleagues.

We are a single unified team, committed to operating within a framework of equality. We believe career development and rewards should be based on potential, effort and achievement; regardless of gender, religion or cultural backgrounds.

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A good work / life balance

Most Air Force jobs have regular hours, giving you plenty of opportunities to socialise, spend time with your family, and make the most of the extensive sports, fitness and leisure facilities on base.

You'll make friends for life at work and at play, and through amazing shared experiences such as supporting peacekeeping and disaster-relief missions. Even when you're working away from home, your days will usually be structured to balance work time with relaxation.

Full support for family needs

Air Force mums are given the flexibility and support to manage their family commitments without detriment to their careers. This includes the provision of extended leave and part-time work options when appropriate, and the offer of alternative or 'on hold' career paths to accommodate changes in circumstances.

You'll have access to family programs run by the Defence Member and Family Support, which include:

  • 24/7 support during deployment, relocation and time apart
  • Partner employment
  • Children's education services
  • Childcare
  • Crisis support.

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A healthy lifestyle

It's important for Air Force personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties effectively, and keeping fit will be an integral part of your job. You'll have free access to pools and well-equipped fitness facilities and can enjoy a wide range of team sports on base.

This guide will help you to get started on your fitness journey, including practising correct techniques for your Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA).

Pathways for women

This flexible enlistment pathway has been developed with the needs of female candidates seeking full-time roles in mind.

Start when it suits you

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles


Recruit to Area is for you, if serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired location
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

receive financial assistance to become a pilot

Females and Indigenous Australians who join the Air Force with a relevant Bachelor level degree in aviation from an Australian university may be eligible for the Tertiary Aviation Reimbursement Scheme (TARS).

If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to have your academic costs reimbursed.

For more information, visit the TARS page here.