About the APF

The Australian Parachute Federation (APF) is the peak body for the administration, regulation and representation of Australian Sport Parachuting. This is achieved by promoting skydiving and maintaining a high level of safety and by improving the standard of Sport Parachuting to encourage participation and excellence in performance.

The APF is the organisation which controls skydiving and parachuting at most civilian operations in Australia. With the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) it sets the standards of operation, conducts competitions, issues licences, certifications and instructor ratings, conducts exams and distributes various publications to keep its members informed of current events and safety standards.

The APF Office is located in Brisbane, Queensland and is supported by volunteers at local and State level. It is affiliated with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale through the Australian Sport Aviation Confederation and International Parachuting Commission.

The APF administers the sport of parachuting through a Deed of Agreement with CASA for which it assists with safety and surveillance duties and controls parachute rigger and packer standards in Australia. 

Benefits of membership include the right to skydive in Australia, liability  insurance, representation, information and standards setting. 

APF Constitution

APF Constitution     (Click here for PDF)

Strategic DIRECTION 2016 - 2020

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APF Code of Ethics


As members and officials of the Federation and its member organisations, we are governed by such regulatory documents as the Constitution, Operational Regulations, disciplinary policy and procedures and Rigging Advisory Circulars. In addition, it is imperative that we conduct ourselves in a way which will uphold the professional reputation of the Federation when involved in operations and business activities relating to parachuting.

It is therefore a condition of APF membership that all members and member organisations adhere to the Code of Ethics outlined below. Non-compliance could result in the loss of membership or refusal of affiliation.

The following principles set out the ethical standards which the Federation expects to be upheld.

As members and officials, we must at all times:

  1. Implement the Federation's regulations and policies so that the highest possible standards of safety and professionalism are maintained.
  2. Conduct our professional and parachuting activities in a way which upholds and enhances the reputation of the sport and the Federation.
  3. Act honestly, fairly and properly in dealings with students, other parachutists and with the general public.
  4. Refrain from intentionally spreading false or misleading information, whether written, spoken or implied.
  5. Refrain from knowingly using or being party to improper or illegal methods and practices in business and operational activities.
  6. Refrain from any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, disability, etc, when such factors do not prejudice the safe conduct of the sport.
  7. Refrain from intentionally injuring the professional reputation of any other member, parachuting organisation or the Federation.
  8. Continue to acquire professional skills and knowledge, thereby improving our personal competence and knowledge of the sport.
  9. Encourage and assist others to develop good attitudes, skills and knowledge relating to the sport.

If any member has evidence that another member or member organisation has been guilty of unethical practices, it shall be his/her duty to inform the Federation or its appointed officers.

Authorised by the Board of Directors of the APF


ACN: 101 980 358, ABN: 75 061 266 510, ARBN: 101 980 358
Postal Address: PO Box 1440 Springwood QLD 4127 Australia
Street Address: Unit 3 Portal Office West, 2994 Logan Road, Underwood QLD 4119 Australia
Telephone: (07) 3457 0100 (International +61 7 3457 0100)
Facsimile: (07) 3457 0150 (International +61 7 3457 0150)
Web site: http://www.apf.com.au
Email: Contact Us


A Short History Of Sport Parachuting and the Australian Parachute Federation

See also Early History Of Parachuting

See also "A Draft History Of Parachuting In Australia Up To The Foundation Of Sport Parachuting In 1958" by Frank Mines, D-2034


Prior to 1958 either barnstorming display jumpers or military paratroops carried out all parachuting in Australia.

In 1958, two safety equipment workers at Williamtown Air Force Base decided to make parachute jumps outside of their working environment, just for the fun of it. Those few weekend jumps made by Jack Stevens and Allan McDonald were the birth of a sporting activity that now sees more than 150,000 first parachute jumps per year.

The first meeting of the Australian Parachute Federation was held on Sunday 23rd of October 1960 at the Camden Inn Hotel in New South Wales. The Department of Civil Aviation forbid parachuting except with the written permission of the Director General of Civil Aviation and so initially, the Federation was needed to negotiate a more equitable right of access to the air.

Within a few years it became obvious that the Federation would have to involve itself in the safety aspects of parachuting or face being regulated out of the air. Early fatal accidents were at an unacceptable level and so the Federation embarked on a program to improve safety regulation, implement safety education and instruction standards. These programs were so successful that the number of fatal accidents has decreased considerably while the number of parachute jumps made has increased 100 fold.

Skydiving (controlling one’s body in free fall) was embraced by Australian parachutists during the sixties and soon after the first baton pass was made, Australia led the world until the end of that phase. The Australian 6-Way baton pass from 12,500 feet was only ever equalled by the US Army Parachute Team from 31,000 feet. As relative work developed through 4-Way Stars to 8-Way and 10-Way Stars, Australian skydivers remained at the leading edge and at the first World Championships of Relative Work (Formation Skydiving) they won the silver medal in the 10-Way Speed Star event.

Since then Australian skydiving has continually remained at a very high standard. The introduction of the glamour skydiving events of the nineties, freestyle skydiving and skysurfing, saw Australian skydivers embrace it and immediately start winning international medals. As skydiving moves into new disciplines they will no doubt be there at the cutting edge of the sport. In addition to 150,000+ first jumps being completed by Tandem last year, about 3,000 recreational skydivers did approximately 200,000 jumps across the country.

The Australian Parachute Federation today

"The Australian Parachute Federation is the peak body for the administration and representation of Australian Sport Parachuting. We achieve this by promoting and maintaining a high level of safety and by improving the standard of Sport Parachuting to encourage participation and excellence in performance."

The APF is the organisation which controls skydiving and parachuting at nearly all the civilian operations in Australia. With the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) it sets the standards of operation, conducts competitions, issues licenses, certifications and instructor ratings, conducts exams and publishes a magazine (ASM) and newsletter to keep its members informed of current events and safety standards.

The APF was located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory for many years and in January 2010 relocated its national office to Brisbane in Queensland. In May 2015, members voted overwhelmingly at the AGM to move from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee and on 21 July 2015, ASIC approved the move. The APF Office has 10full-time employees and an army of volunteers at State and local drop zone level.

It is affiliated with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) through the Air Sport Australia Confederation and has close links to the FAI International Parachuting Commission (IPC), the Parachute Industry Association (PIA), and is contracted to carry out safety and surveillance duties for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and assist Airservices Australia with airspace management.

See the APF Constitution for a list of its Objects. Duties include

  • Promulgation of safety regulation in relation to sport parachuting;
  • Promulgation of parachute instruction regulation and the implementation of the parachute instructor rating examination and rating system;
  • Promulgation and implementation of a parachute rigger/packer examination and rating system;
  • Administration of parachuting competitions at all levels;
  • Administration of parachuting competition coaching at all levels;
  • Promulgation and implementation of a parachute competition judges examination and rating system;
  • Production of educational material for all areas of sport parachuting;
  • Promotion of excellence in all sport parachuting endeavours;
  • Promotion of sport parachuting and the correction of erroneous public impressions about sport parachuting;
  • Supply insurance to members as directed by the APF Board.


Women in Adventure Sport (WIAS) Coordinator

A 3 month position is available for an enthusiastic person who has the drive to:

  1. Generate opportunities to publicise the program and advocate its benefits. (May include email broadcasts, changes to APF web page, emails to women, targeted emails to women completing Certificate A, brochures, posters, ASM articles etc.)
  2. Initiate practical solutions to the points raised in the two reports compiled on women in skydiving 
  3. Identify potential matches and make mentor/mentee connections.
  4. Supply information packs, T-shirts etc as new mentors and mentees join the program.
  5. Maintain accurate and growing data base of mentors and mentees.
  6. Make 3-month and 6-month contact with connected mentors and mentees to ensure they feel valued for their contribution to the program. (Phone or email.)

This is a part-time position, up to 8 hours per week. Applicants may work from home or, from the APF office.

Please email your resume, outlining your past experience and your vision to the points above to: rob.libeau@apf.com.au

Posted 3/5/2017


Industry Vacancies

Scroll down for a list of current industry vacancies.

Posting ads to the site

If you want your ad to appear on this web page please send it to the web page administrator on our Contact Form and include your name and APF number.

Text of ads may be altered prior to being posted on the website. Important basic information includes:

  • Name of APF Club and work location, including State.               
  • Vacancy type
  • Key requirements of the position                                
  • Name, position and contact details of the employer (including email address and phone number).

Ads will automatically be removed after 1-2 months. You are requested to advise the APF if the advertised position has been filled prior to this time.

Position: Tandem Master

For Love of Skydiving, WA are seeking a Tandem Master, handy cam ready/AFF Instructor for a full time position with an immediate start.
Great conditions with retainer offered.

Contact Robin on 0419 558 900

Ad Posted: 14/02/2016

Position: Tandem Master

Skydive Uluru (Ayers Rock, NT) have a position available for an experienced Tandem Instructor. A handcam and display licence are required.
The earliest start date is 10th January 2017 & the latest start date is 1st February 2017. This position is available for 3 months up to 12 months.
Please contact Sam (CI) on 0450 337 951 or skydiveayersrock@gmail.com

Ad Posted: 13/12/2016