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


Strategic DIRECTION 2016 - 2020

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APF Code of Ethics

MANDATORY

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

 

AUSTRALIAN PARACHUTE FEDERATION LTD
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

Development

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 forbade 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 a staff of 12 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.

CURRENT APF VACANCIES

New APF role, Brisbane (Permanent Full Time)

APF are seeking a suitable applicant for a new role to be based at the APF office in Underwood Brisbane. This new role will provide support (operational and technical) to the safety and training team. This includes incident data management and review, investigation, safety and compliance auditing, publication editing and maintenance, rigging, aviation and particularly instructor training. The following attributes will be highly sought after:

  • Extensive skydiving experience
  • Specialist knowledge in aviation, rigging and/or instructor training
  • Excellent written (and grammar) skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong people skills and a passion for skydiving
  • Experience in safety management systems and/or auditing

Job Description

This role (and title) is not fully defined yet and may be modified depending on the incumbent.   

Expressions of interest close on Friday 19 July 2019 and should be directed (including a resume) to the Safety and Training Manager: charl.rootman@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.

 

New QLD dropzone seeking CI and staff

We are planning a new training focused club with very little tandems, 30 mins out of Warwick, QLD, currently seeking a senior instructor for CI role, senior pilot, AFF instructors and packers.
 
Proposing to operate 2-3 month each year (non-consecutive, 4 training camps each year), with accommodation and facilities provided onsite.
 
Contact Richard Kedron 0422 852 134 / richard.kedron@gmail.com

Ad Posted:  14/06/2019  


Position: AFF/Tandem Instructor

Skydive Nagambie, which is a full service sports and training dropzone, are looking for an AFF/Tandem Instructor to join our team. This is a full-time role, rather than a seasonal position.
We have great equipment, facilities and turbine aircraft. We do a lot of AFF training too, so you will be spending as much of your time working with students as doing tandems. We also have lots of sports jumpers and run big events and boogies, you will not be part of a sausage factory!
For the right candidate, we can offer five days per week retainer with the opportunity to be part of the Operations team and work towards Course Trainer and DZSO endorsements if desired. The potential for personal growth is there if you want it.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience
* Tandem endorsement, handcam experience would be desirable
* AFF endorsement, passionate about student training and progression
* Willing to work within organisation’s standard procedures 
* Demonstrated good time management and self-organisation
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* On-site accommodation and staff perks available for the right person

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia, existing visa holders or citizens only. Please submit your CV to jump@skydivenagambie.com

Ad Posted:  03/05/2019  


Commercial Dropzone Operator

The Newcastle Sport Parachute Club Inc (‘NSPC’) is looking for a commercial operator to run the Dropzone (‘DZ’) at Moores Lane, Elderslie in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

The DZ is subject to a local Development Agreement issued by the Singleton Council, which allows the DZ to operate as follows:

  • 3 weekends per month in a month with 4 weekends
  • 4 weekends per month in a month with 5 weekends
  • Mid-week operations, whereby total operational days (including weekends) do not exceed 176 days a year
  • Maximum 20 loads per operational day

The DZ is seeking the following from a potential operator:

  • 8-12 seater turbine aircraft (the ‘Beaver’ has historically been a good size to service the jumper community) 
  • Tandem and student gear
  • Ownership of tandem, AFF and fun jumper operations including training, equipment, promotion, advertising, booking, payment transactions, etc
  • Willingness to support and grow the fun jumper community through competitive jump ticket prices and/or packages, and hosting events to enhance jumping and safety standards 
  • Public liability insurance

The DZ offers the following facilities and equipment:

  • 14.5 hectares ground level property with 700m bitumen sealed runway
  • Main hangar, including packing area, office, dubbing and video debriefing room, kitchen, undercover awning with BBQ (a fee to NSPC as landlord will be due)
  • Recently renovated amenities block with toilets and showers
  • Additional cottage and classroom for training and briefing/debriefing purposes
  • Water tanks with up to 55,000l capacity
  • 5000l fuel storage tanker
  • 7 fully equipped student rigs, jumpsuits, helmets, goggles etc
  • IT infrastructure, incl. computers, payment systems, transmitters etc.
  • 8-person bunkhouse, powered and non-powered campsites, large carpark area

NSPC is one of the longest standing skydiving training clubs in the country and is managed by a committee of volunteers. The committee is seeking an operator to run its skydiving operations autonomously, requiring minimal support and input from the committee itself. NSPC over the past years has attracted a large community of qualified tandem and AFF instructors, coaches, packers as well as students and fun jumpers, and due to its geographical position has a large catchment area around Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the Central and Mid-North Coasts.

Contact: Vivian Merz at vivian.merz@apf.com.au or 0415 088 646 OR Ian Robertson at president@nspc.net.au or 0438 195 773.

Ad Posted: 05/04/2019 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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.
Requirements 
- 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/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.
Requirements 
- 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/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.
Requirements 
- 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/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.
Requirements 
- 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

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