Air Traffic Control (ATC) Licence and Rating - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to act as an air traffic controller. Air traffic controllers manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and between airports throughout Australia and overseas regions adjoining Australian airspace.

In addition to the daily management of routine air traffic, air traffic controllers also provide information and assistance to pilots in the event they should experience an in-flight emergency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Have turned 18;
  • Hold a Class 3 medical certificate;
  • Have successfully completed the training (including any examination or assessment) specified for the licence, at least one rating and at least and endorsement relevant to that rating; and
  • Speak English clearly, and understand spoken English, to a standard that allows clear spoken two-way communication in the course of performing an air traffic control function.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the licence or until it is cancelled.



Assessment fee for initial ratings: $65.


Licence booklet (optional): $15.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, CASA Licensing and Registration Centre (CLARC)
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Industry Permissions

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62171449



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