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Recreational parachuting began in Australia in 1958. At that time parachute jumps needed written permission from the Director General of Civil Aviation.
It’s since become a popular sport with approximately 385,000 jumps made each year.
In the early 1980s the introduction of tandem jumps gave people the opportunity to experience parachuting without having to train for a solo jump. The popularity of tandem jumps has grown rapidly since then, with approximately 175,000 tandem jumps made each year.
Currently, two self-administering organisations are responsible for administering parachuting regulations.
Find out more about these self-administering organisations.
The rules around parachuting are changing – while CASA expects that there will be little change for individual members of the self-administering organisations – you can have a look at the new regulations on our flight operations regulations page .
Find out more about being an informed participant in sport aviation.