Recreational parachuting began in Australia in 1958. At that time parachute jumps required written permission from the Director General of Civil Aviation. Recreational parachuting has hugely increased in popularity and over 355,000 jumps are now 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 more than 150,000 tandem jumps made in 2014.