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The Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative was announced in 2019-20 to encourage more women to pursue one of the many dynamic, rewarding and long-term career opportunities in aviation and improve diversity in the sector.

The initiative has been extended for 4 more years to the end of 2025-26 and has an additional $4 million of funding.

The initiative provides guidance, resources, mentoring support and networking opportunities to help young women identify and pursue a fulfilling career in aviation.

Research from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WEGA) shows that in 2020-21 women represented between 4.5% and 22.8% of employees in technical roles in the aviation sector, such as air traffic control, pilots, mechanics and engineers. The initiative aims to address this imbalance and alleviate skills shortages in the sector due to factors such as an ageing workforce and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its objectives are to:

  • increase female representation across the aviation workforce
  • attract and retain more women in careers such as aviation engineering, airport operations and pilots
  • provide resources and strategies to help women build their careers in the industry and improve their economic security
  • leverage the largely untapped pool of potential talent and skills and direct them to where they are needed within the industry.

The initiative is aligned with the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement which aims to:

  • repair and rebuild women’s workforce participation
  • further close the gender pay gap
  • provide greater choice and flexibility for families to manage work and care
  • support women as leaders and positive role models
  • respond to the diverse needs of women
  • support women to be safe at work and home.

Next steps

Find out how you can get involved: