Tertiary Aviation Reimbursement Scheme

If you’re currently studying or have completed a Bachelor level degree in Aviation, you may be eligible for this reimbursement scheme.


The Tertiary Aviation Reimbursement Scheme (TARS) is for females and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who join the Air Force with a relevant Bachelor level degree in aviation from an Australian university. If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to have your academic costs reimbursed.

More information, including details on eligibility can be found in the dropdowns below.


To be eligible for TARS, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be from the specified demographic group that includes females and Indigenous Australians.
  • Complete one of the following Bachelor level degrees at an Australian university, prior to entry into the Air Force:
  • - Bachelor of Aviation
    - Bachelor of Aviation management
    - Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
  • Join the Air Force as an Officer Aviation (OA) Direct Entry Officer.
  • Be issued a Letter of Offer (LOO) with TARS requirements and details stipulated.
  • Achieve an Officer Aviation (OA) stream qualification.


Costs that may be reimbursed include university academic fees that are integral to attaining the qualification. Certain costs such as flying training will not be reimbursed and other limitations apply. Contact your Careers Coach for more information.

If you participate in this scheme, you will incur the standard 9-year Return of Service Obligation (ROSO) applicable to Officer Aviation roles.

A Letter of Offer (LOO) to join the Air Force is conditional upon successful completion of the Aviation Screening Program and the Air Force Officer Selection Board. Candidates identified for TARS will have relevant details and requirements stipulated in their LOO.

Fund reimbursements can occur up to one year after achieving the required OA stream qualification.

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Whilst candidates must have completed their degree prior to appointment to the Air Force to qualify, candidates are encouraged to apply to join Air Force through Defence Force Recruiting, prior to the completion of their degree.