Flying training fees

Aviation students will incur fees for flying training. These fees differ depending on whether you are a local, international or cadet student.

Payment options

Local students

Local students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation or Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business will need to enrol in practicum units from the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting) to complete their flying training.

Fees for these units are not covered in the Bachelor course fees. These are an additional cost billed to the student at the point of enrolment.

A Skills Assessment Test is an entry requirement for the Bachelor of Aviation and Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business and involves a non-refundable fee ($128.29 in 2019).  

International students

Current international students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation or Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business will need to seek out and pay for private flying training at the time of their enrolment. Swinburne can assist in guiding students through this process if needed.

From 2018, international students enrolled in either the Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting or Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting/ Bachelor of Business the course fees include flying training fees.

Local Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program students

Domestic students selected to take part in this program do so as part of the Associate Degree of Aviation. The Associate Degree is a full-fee paying course and includes flying training through compulsory units.

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loans

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP eligibility and fees vary between courses.

Local students completing the Bachelor of Aviation or Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business can offset their course fees using HECS-HELP. This is a loan available to students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

For students completing flying training at the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy within the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting), FEE-HELP can also be requested. As this is a postgraduate program there is no FEE-HELP loan fee.

For students completing the Associate Degree of Aviation, FEE-HELP can also be requested. However, this course does incur a FEE-HELP loan fee.

International students undertaking the Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting are not eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

Practicum fees

Description2020 fees (AUD)2019 fees (AUD)
Private Pilot Licence Practicum $25,180 $23,940
Commercial Pilot Licence Practicum 1 $29,910 $28,440
Commercial Pilot Licence Practicum 2 $39,725 $37,775
and either
Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course Practicum

$10,430
$9,915
or
Flight Instructor Rating Practicum

($24,520)
($23,140)
Total practicum unit fees $105,245
(or $119,335)
$100,070
(or $113,295)

Estimated additional costs for flying training

These out-of-pocket expenses are not covered by FEE-HELP.

1st year additional costs

DescriptionEstimated costs
Books (majority purchased from pilot book shop with some from CAE)

$825

Equipment (purchased from pilot book shop)

$765

Uniform (provided by CAE)

$425

CASA and Air Services publications, required to be purchased from reseller prior to relevant flying practicum

$820

Aviation Security ID card (ASIC) and Class 1 Medical, required before first flight

$820

Total $4,035

2nd year additional costs

DescriptionEstimated costs
Books and Air Services Publications

$1,185

Total $1,185

3rd year additional costs

DescriptionEstimated costs
Books and publications $920
Expected total additional costs over the 3 year course $6,140


Estimates are provided as a guide only. Changes in supplier prices occur over time.

Additional flying hours

Flying Training is competency based and the flying training practicum unit fees are based on minimum hours to both achieve competency and meet the regulatory licencing requirements.

Additional costs will accrue if the student requires additional flight training hours to meet the required competencies/standards

Additional flying unit fees2020 fees (AUD)2019 fees (AUD)
Private Pilot Licence Additional Practicum $5,480 $5,210
Commercial Pilot Licence Additional Practicum $6,400 $6,085
Multi Crew Cooperation Additional Practicum $1,735 $1,650
Flight Instructor Rating Additional Practicum $2,615 $2,485
Multi Engine Aeroplane Instrument Endorsement Additional Practicum $2,615 $2,615

Payment schedule for flying training

This schedule applies to students enrolled in both the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting)Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting and Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting/ Bachelor of Business and covers the expected payment requirements for flying practice. Students may pay upfront at the points outlined below or via FEE-HELP (if eligible).

Current international students completing the Bachelor of Aviation or Bachelor of Aviation/Bachelor of Business are expected to pay for and complete their flying training during the same periods as local students – as set out in the schedule below.

Students completing flying training through CAE Oxford Aviation Academy are also required to complete their training units and payments according to this schedule.

1st year

  • Semester 1 (February) payment required for AVF80001 Private Pilot Licence Practicum

2nd year

  • Semester 1 (February) payment required for AVF80002 Commercial Pilot Licence Practicum 1
  • Semester 2 (July) payment required for AVF80013 Commercial Pilot Licence Practicum 2

3rd year*

  • Semester 1 (February) payment required for AVF80005 Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course Practicum or AVF80006 Flight Instructor Rating Practicum

*Or 4th year for students completing a double degree with Business

Fee increases

Swinburne course fees are reviewed annually. Other charges may change throughout the year where aviation industry costs change or where increases in specific industry costs occur such as fuel, parts and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) fees occur.