Certificate of Airworthiness - Australian Government


You will need this certificate if you operate an aircraft. This certificate demonstrates that an aircraft complies with the applicable airworthiness requirements. All aircraft require a certificate unless operated under a special flight permit.

A Certificate of Airworthiness is available under two classes:

  • standard
  • special.

A standard certificate may be issued in the following categories:

  • Transport
  • Normal
  • Utility
  • Acrobatic
  • Commuter
  • Manned free balloon.

A special certificate is issued to aircraft that do not satisfy the criteria for a standard certificate. Special certificates may be issued in the following categories:

  • Primary
  • Intermediate
  • Restricted
  • Limited
  • Amateur
  • Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
  • Provisional
  • Experimental.

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 certificate:

  • the aircraft to which the certificate relates must be registered in Australia
  • the aircraft to which the certificate relates must conform to the type design
  • any modifications or repairs to the aircraft must have been carried out in accordance with a supplemental type certificate or an approved modification / repair design
  • the aircraft must be in a condition for safe operation.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $160.00

Fee per hour spent on the inspection and assessment of the application. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

Transfer process


This certificate is transferred with the aircraft.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Airworthiness and Engineering

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.