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.


National Coach

The position

Part time permanent. This position involves domestic and international travel and may include work outside of ordinary working hours. The position of National Coach supports the strategic priorities and business objectives of the APF through applying knowledge of the APF sporting environment and promoting the Federations products and, will contribute to development of APF plans and strategies including analysing and advising on key trends and issues impacting on the sport and APF membership

About you

You can apply up to date knowledge of sport development approaches and strategies

Can use available resources effectively and maintain group assets under personal control 

Can effectively manage projects including planning, monitoring and prioritisation 

Can support productive working relationships

•       Can build and maintain positive working relationships with athletes, coaches, officers, officials and key stakeholders
Have interpersonal skills which enable acceptance as a trusted mentor by coaches and athletes at all levels
• Can communicate concisely and effectively both verbally and in written communication, and in a timely manner  
Values individual differences and diversity
Listens to and understands the needs of others
Shares knowledge and supports others
• Participates in Personal Development activities 
Meets personal presentation standards
Has a willingness to work unusual hours and to travel extensively

Full job description

Apply NOW by sending a covering letter describing your suitability for the role against the above criteria, and your resume in Word or PDF format. Applications are to be no longer than two A4 pages and will be accepted until 5PM AEST 15th September, 2017

Email: Brad.turner@apf.com.au

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: Pilots required at Tooradin and Euroa

Please send Chris Barry a cover letter with a brief outline of experience, the last 2 pages of logbook, a copy of medical certificate and licence.
A minimum of a private pilot’s licence is required.
JPA is not mandatory as training is provided.

Contact Chris Barry on barry.chris.b@edumail.vic.gov.au 

Ad Posted: 10/11/2017

Position: Tandem Master/AFF Instructor

WA Skydiving Academy is seeking a Dual Rated Instructor TM/AFF, to join our team. 
Located an hour’s drive south of Perth, in Pinjarra WA.

Join a Company that has been a full training organisation for over 30 Years and a Safety record that is second to none.
- Great Canopy skills 
- Great Customer Skills
- Display Pro 

Full time position with retainer paid for an Immediate Start 
Please call 08 9417 9400 or email wasac@iinet.net.au  

Ad Posted: 09/10/2017



Position: Tandem Master

Skydive Geronimo (WA) is urgently seeking a highly skilled TM for our ever expanding Rottnest Island operation.
Rottnest Island is a busy tourist island located 20 km off shore from Perth, we operate a 300 hp 182 with near 
new Sigma tandem rigs. All cameras are supplied with great rates. 

Do you consider yourself an above average Instructor with a strong focus on customer service? Do you want to work with a vibrant small team, jumping on to one of the worlds most spectacular drop zones? 
Then Geronimo Rottnest may be for you. 
There may be potential for the right person to move into an Ops Managers role.
The successful candidate will have:
Above average canopy skills
Above average customer service
Display Pro
Preferably an IB

Please call 08 9417 8158 or email hr@skydivegeronimo.com.au 

Ad Posted: 26/07/2017