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Flight crew roles across a range of bases in Australia


With a growing fleet of B737s including 8 and 10 aircraft, state of the art training facilities and the ability to learn from the knowledge and experience of our senior flight crew, it’s never been a better time to join the Virgin Australia team as a Pilot.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from suitable applicants for additional Virgin Australia First Officer positions being added to our airline as we continue to grow.

Virgin Australia pilot benefits

As a Virgin Australia pilot, you’ll benefit from personal development opportunities, career progression and amazing work-life balance thanks to:

A minimum of 12 rostered days off per 28 day roster period

Roster options of full time, 75% or 50% of a full-time pilot

Variety of bases located in Australia

Opportunities to move into training and checking roles

Long-term career pathways with a growing, Australian airline

An expanding network with new destinations added regularly

You’ll also have access to Virgin Australia’s extensive benefits including heavily discounted travel for you and your loved ones with us and our international airline partners, and support for your wellbeing via a confidential Employee Assistance Program and a digital wellbeing platform.


Virgin Australia pilot requirements

To be considered for our flight crew team as a First Officer on a B737, you’ll need:

  • An Australian Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and passes in all Australian ATPL theory subjects
  • An Australian Part 61 Multi Engine Aeroplane (MEA) Instrument Rating endorsed with IAP 2D and IAP 3D
  • Aviation English Language Proficiency Level 6
  • A valid Australian Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • A minimum of 500 hours total flight time which comprises either (a) 300 hours in command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane (excluding ICUS) and 200 hours in command of a multi-engine aircraft (excluding ICUS); or (b) 500 hours on a Boeing 737.

Expressions of interest are not currently being sought for other aircraft types or for Captain roles.


Pilot recruitment process

The process for being considered for Virgin Australia Pilot jobs has been designed to be as streamlined and comfortable as possible for you, while allowing us to carefully assess your skills and experience against our requirements. You’ll receive email updates as your application progresses, even if at any stage you do not progress. Our Pilot recruitment process is outlined below.

Apply via the Virgin Australia Careers website

The first step is to apply via our careers website. There you’ll find current openings and be able to submit your application of expression of interest and respond to questions that we ask to understand your experience and qualifications.

Application reviewed by our talent team

Once your application or expression of interest is submitted, it’ll be reviewed by one of our talent team against the eligibility criteria.

Complete a video interview

After your application or expression of interest has been reviewed, you may be invited to complete a video interview. Done in your own time via your desktop, mobile or tablet, the video interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about you and ask more questions that relate to the role.

Attend an Assessment Centre

The next stage in the Pilot recruitment process is to attend an Assessment Centre, where you’ll participate in a variety of activities that measure your level of competency against key section criteria, your behaviours and team dynamics, and includes a simulator assessment.


After the Assessment Centre, your performance in the different assessments will be reviewed in line with our assessment criteria and you’ll be advised of the outcome.

For general information about becoming a pilot, refer to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website.

Submit your expression of interest


Recruitment will be occurring as we continue to grow. Submit your interest today and our talent team will be in touch.


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