1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2541-13 Air Traffic Controller

Ensures the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of a training course commensurate with an AQF Diploma and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • oversees the preparation and processing of aeronautical information necessary for the safety, regulation and efficiency of air navigation
  • provides flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff, such as wind direction and strength, details of cloud cover and temperature and altimeter settings
  • checks flight plans, position reports, flight levels, estimated arrival times at reporting points or destinations and authorises changes of flight levels and altitudes
  • controls aircraft movements in the air using radar or non-radar procedures and directing aircraft by radio
  • controls aircraft movements on aerodromes by issuing runway clearances and directing taxiing, take offs and landings
  • controls the operation of airport lighting systems such as runway and approach lights and aerodrome beacons
  • communicates with other air traffic control units to coordinate activities
  • alerts airport fire crew and emergency or search and rescue services when aircraft are in difficulty
  • organises search and rescue assistance to aircraft in distress
  • may instruct air traffic control trainees and train licensed controllers upgrading their ratings

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