Membership options

Discovery Membership

  • Only $25 to join for 12 months
  • Discovery Level website access with stories from Aeronotes, the magazine of the Australian Ballooning Federation
  • Offers from our partners including discounts on commercial balloon rides
  • Exclusive invitations to Discovery events
  • Opportunity to register as a volunteer at events - Volunteer as balloon retrieve crew or as an official at a competition
  • Upgrade to a Student Pilots Certificate or full membership

Note: Discovery Members will not be able to vote or hold a position on the committee.

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Ordinary Membership

  • 12 month membership, renewal on 1st of January
  • Full voting rights
  • Ability to stand for a position on the committee
  • Access to Normal Membership level documents on the ABF website including minutes of meetings and reports
  • Upgrade to a Certificate Membership
  • ABF021 - Nomination Form required

Note: Normal Membership is appropriate for observers and other non certificated members who want to have the maximum involvement in the ABF.


Certificate Membership

  • All the benefits of the Ordinary Membership
  • 12 month membership, renewal on 1st of January
  • Required if you hold or are applying for any ABF flight certificate or rating including Student Pilots Certificate or Private Pilots Certificate
  • Access to Certificate membership level documents on the ABF website including training manuals and pilot circulars
  • Access to Instructor and Examiner contact lists
  • ABF021 - Nomination Form required
  • ABF018 - Language and Medical declaration Form required

Note: CASA issued Commercial Pilots Licence (Balloons) must also be a current ABF Certificate Member as per CAR269(1)(b).

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Student Pilot Certificate

Your Student Pilot Certificate is an extension of your Certificate Membership.  You will need to join as a Certificate Member first.

Once your Certificate Membership has been processed and approved you will be able to see the option to apply for a Student Pilot Certificate on the Join Now page.

Your Student Pilot Certificate comes with the following;

  • Training Logbook
  • Operations Manual
  • Training Manual 

Temporary Membership

  • Designed to allow overseas pilots visiting Australia to pilot a balloon during the course of their stay
  • The Temporary Membership and Pilot Certificate are valid for a period of one month
  • An extension may be granted on application and may be subject to additional fees
  • Access to all required technical documents as per the certificate membership

Note: Temporary Members will not be able to vote or hold a position on the committee.