Building on the success of the QantasLink-UNSW Partnership that has been operating since 2015, the Qantas Future Pilot Program is an exciting opportunity for current and future UNSW Aviation students and recognises the commitment of the Qantas Group to employing quality graduate pilots.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program was announced on 11 December 2017 by the QantasLink CEO Mr John Gissing.

In addition to the opportunity to be selected, UNSW students will also benefit from the seamless transition to the Airline Transition Course (Graduate Diploma of Advanced Flying) that UNSW will continue to offer based on QantasLink’s Dash-8 Q400 turboprop aeroplanes.

Current students who have already applied to be a QantasLink Approved Student need take no immediate action, your application will automatically transition to the Qantas Future Pilot Program.

UNSW Aviation Flying students of appropriate citizenship status can apply to become ‘QantasLink Approved Students’ during the initial part of their flying training. Those accepted by QantasLink as a QantasLink Approved Student will have their progress monitored, and be mentored by QantasLink personnel throughout their training. On successful completion of their training (including Multi-Crew Coordination and DASH-8 systems courses) and academic studies, and on completion of psychometric test and interviews, QantasLink Approved Students will be considered for employment as a First Officer by QantasLink with flying hours less than those required for Direct Entry.

In order to apply to become 'QantasLink Approved Students', students will firstly need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) (Program code 3980) or the Graduate Diploma in Flying (Program Code 5536), and be actively undertaking flying training in one of these programs.