Qantas picks Queensland Government’s Aviation Australia to provide world-class training for Australian Engineers

Published Tuesday, 27 June, 2023 at 09:30 AM

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice
The Honourable Di Farmer


  • Queensland’s aerospace sector’s economic contribution is forecast to grow by more than $53 million each year through to 2025-26 following Qantas’ decision to partner with the Queensland Government’s Aviation Australia to provide world-class training for Australian Engineers.
  • The Qantas Group Engineering Academy will open in Brisbane and Melbourne with the first students to start training at both centres in 2025.
  • Aviation Australia will train up to 300 aircraft engineers a year in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Qantas Engineering Academy will create a pipeline of talent to meet strong growth in the aviation industry, contribute to building a skilled workforce for Queensland and boost the state’s economy.

The academy will train engineers for the Qantas Group but also the broader aviation industry, including general aviation and Defence contractors, with a focus on recruiting more women in engineering.

Established by the Queensland Government in 2001, Aviation Australia supports the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets.

Aviation Australia’s facilities in Brisbane are state-of-the-art, offering students a mix of classroom and real-world training environments.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer

“Qantas’ decision shines a light on Queensland’s expertise and that will continue to grow once training is up and running in Brisbane and Melbourne.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to creating jobs and this exciting partnership with Qantas is another step towards achieving our shared vision of a strong and skilled workforce for Queensland.

“Aviation Australia’s Brisbane facilities are state of the art and fit-for-purpose, and Queensland is home to the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey and Australia’s largest Defence airbase at Amberley.

“It will help address skills shortages in the nation’s aviation industry, support growth in both the civilian and defence sectors and create sustainable jobs well into the future.

“I know that with industry leaders Aviation Australia and Qantas at the wheel, this initiative will provide great results for the sector and fantastic employment outcomes.

“Since Qantas was formed in Queensland more than 100 years ago it has provided amazing opportunities in our State and we are thrilled to be part of the latest chapter in this wonderful story.”


Quotes attributable to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce      

“The Academy will provide world-class training for Australian engineers.

"Qantas has a proud history of having some of the best engineers in the world and we want to make sure it stays that way.

“The Engineering Academy is part of a massive commitment in training that will create a pipeline of talent for the Qantas Group and Australian aviation.

“Aviation Australia has been training engineers for over 20 years and through our partnership we will supercharge the development of highly skilled engineers in this country setting the industry up for decades to come.”


Quotes attributable to Aviation Australia CEO Bill Horrocks

“The Qantas Group Engineering Academy will be a key contributor to the Australian aviation sector helping to address the engineering skills shortfalls. 

“Selecting Aviation Australia as Qantas’ training partner for the Academy recognises the important role that we play as the nation’s premier aircraft maintenance engineering training provider.

“Aviation Australia’s training combines job-ready skills and education to translate into employment outcomes.

“Our training facilities will provide students with the day-to-day experience of a working hangar, as well as supervised training on aircraft, for a seamless transition into operational environments.”


Further information:

This partnership builds on the great work already being done by Aviation Australia and Qantas who are vital partners in the delivery of the Queensland Government’s successful Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools Program (GISP), which is getting school students started on a career in Aviation.

To register interest in the Engineering Academy visit 



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