Airways New Zealand and Aviation Australia are to open a purpose-built air traffic control training centre for international students in Brisbane.

The joint venture is the first move under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between New Zealand's air navigation service provider and Aviation Australia.

The agreement will see Airways delivering ab-initio air traffic control (ATC) training at Aviation Australia's Brisbane training campus.

"We have similar training partnerships in place in Dubai, Puerto Rico and China, and it's pleasing to be adding Australia to that portfolio," said Airways Head of Training, Sharon Cooke.

A full suite of ATC training technologies will be available at the centre. Airways will install Total Control radar and aerodrome simulators which provide students with highly realistic tower and surveillance experiences via three-dimensional high definition graphics.

The centre's first intake, a group of 24 students from the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA), have now arrived in Australia to begin their training. The students will spend their first year studying English before beginning their 12 months of ATC training.

Airways and Aviation Australia will partner on a variety of projects and initiatives across the training landscape under the MOU.