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Anyone worked or working for Qantas Ground Services?

Old 4th Mar 2015, 09:06
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This relates to professional pilots how?
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Old 4th Mar 2015, 09:22
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Easy. Without ground crew, the Pilots load the planes themselves.
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Old 4th Mar 2015, 21:34
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I wouldn't get too upset. If Qantas's trial of subcontracting cabin cleaning at CBR was successful, I'm sure eventually ground handling will be subbed out, meaning no QF ground handling.
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 09:16
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Hi guys, sorry to be bringing up an old thread, but i have the 3hr assessment booked in tmrw 21/04/2016, would i still have to pay that $300 for the medical? I already have a medical certificate II and an ASIC as I am currently a recreational pilot and working my way to a PPL. I am also 17 of age but the job listing did not specify that i had to be over 18. But i know other airlines such as virgin australia state that i needed to be over 18. What do you guys reckon? would appreciate the help thanks
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 11:09
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My experience on the ramp was a number of years ago, but I still know plenty of people who work on the ramp.

The way things are done these days, just assume that you have to pay for everything. This seems to be the way of the future. The medical is not an aviation medical as such, but to see if you have any pre existing injuries which may be exasperated by working in ground services, especially back, shoulders and knees. It is also to get a base line of what your hearing is like as it is a workplace with a lot of noise, even with hearing protection. Basically the medical is protecting QF from claims down the track.

In regards to the ASIC, ask someone when you have a chance as I don't know if it has to be issued by QF or not.

As to only being 17, I'm not sure. A lot of ground services jobs require you to drive. So depending on what age you can gain a licence 17 may be ok. Also sometimes they specify about being able to drive a manual.

As to working for QGS, I wouldn't do it. The main reason is that they are very demanding of your availability and the hours don't really suit trying to fit another job or study in around them. Also money... From what I have been told it is a flat rate, so no penalty rates for late nights, weekends etc.(check the TWU award about this). Then there is the management, where the attitude is if you don't like it you're welcome to leave. Not one of these things on there own may make you not like the place, but at some time it will be a combination of these factors. Where there never used to be much of a turnover in this role, there is now.

Having said all that, working on the ramp was one of the best jobs I had. At the time I was there there was a great group of guys that you were working with and there wasn't too many dull moments. I moved on because I knew it wasn't going to be a job that I could do until retirement, because eventually you will get some sort of injury.

Good luck with the job if it appeals to you, but like a lot of things it's not like it used to be. But if you're aiming to be a pilot it does give you a great understanding of what goes into each flights arrival and departure.
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 21:00
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$300 and 3-4months isn't much in the scheme of things. A family friend is attempting to join the state Police; they have hit around $1,000 thus far and almost 2 years wait with no guarantee of any form of employment.
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 23:10
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U will need a QF asic. But that is done in house and you don't have to pay.
You do get penalty rates however most overtime goes to the old Qantas workers first before flowing down to QGS
Good thing is that once you are working within qantas there is more opportunity job wise transferring out of QGS into Qantas which is encouraged.
Being successful at an interview for the various positions well that's another topic within itself.
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