Headquarters Ground Training Wing (HQGTW) was formed on 1 January 1999. HQGTW’s motto is to ‘Prepare and Support’. HQGTW delivers on this credo through its schools, which provide over 180 different courses for the vast majority of the Air Force’s non-flying airmen/women and officers. Beyond just Air Force training, HQGTW also provides training to Army and Navy personnel in the fields of aviation technical training and explosive ordnance.
Headquarters Ground Training Wing (HQGTW) exists to support the Officer Commanding in the command, leadership and management of training conducted by the following schools:
- RAAF School of Technical Training (RAAFSTT) at RAAF Wagga,
- RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT) at RAAF Wagga,
- RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS) at RAAF Amberley, near Ipswich, QLD, and
- Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School (DEOTS) at Defence Establishment Orchard Hills near Penrith, NSW.
- RAAFSTT provides initial and post-initial training to approximately 800 students per year in the aviation and aerospace engineering fields. The majority of training delivered at RAAFSTT is conducted and managed by the Defence Aeroskills Training Academy (DATA) at RAAF Base Wagga.
- RAAFSALT provides initial and post-initial training to administrative, logistics and education personnel. The school graduates approximately 700 students each year.
- RAAFSFS conduct initial and post initial training to Air Force and Army personnel. Training is conducted for personnel engaged in protection and security duties in the ADF and graduates over 600 personnel each year.
- DEOTS provides Defence-wide initial and post-initial training in explosive ordnance, graduating approximately 750 personnel from Army, Navy and Air Force each year.
HQGTW ensures that ground training delivered by its schools satisfies Defence capability needs. In particular, HQGTW contributes to improving the quality of courseware development, conduct of training and evaluating the effectiveness of training, and invests considerable effort to confirm that training is relevant and timely.
HQGTW works towards producing the best possible training outcomes with the resources available. In doing so, HQGTW ensures that both it and the schools retain accreditation with the Australian Skills Qualification Authority, ensuring that courses delivered by the schools are nationally recognised.
HQGTW contributes to improving the quality of courseware development, conduct of training and evaluating the effectiveness of training.
HQGTW works towards producing the best possible training outcomes with the resources available.