120m max height
30m min distance
5.5 km from airports
Don't fly over crowds
All Drone Laws in Australia in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
In Australia, drone laws are divided between commercial and recreational. The body charged with overseeing unmanned aircraft is the Australia Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA. For the most part, flying drones is absolutely legal. However, ensure you abide by all safety rules and regulations set out by CASA, failure to which you can land into trouble.
Flying drones is legal in Australia. You can fly your toy or hobby quadcopter provided you exercise common sense when operating them. It is however illegal to operate a commercial drone (Remote Piloted Aircraft) without an approved license.
Can I use a drone to spy on a neighbor? Absolutely not, for the simple reason that laws are all about common sense. The unmanned aviation industry operates under a unique set of common-sense rules and regulations that safeguard the user from soliciting unwanted trouble.
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What are the drone laws in Australia?
Here is a summary of the drone laws outlined by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Special focus on drones over 2 Kg.
Fly at line of sight
Your drone should not wander away to a point you cannot see it with your naked eye
5.5km from airports
The drone should not hover within 5.5 kilometers of an aerodrome or anywhere with manned aircraft. To be more specific, keep away from airports, airstrips, helicopter landing pads, etcetera.
No flying over large crowds
You cannot fly over people, whether by a beach, park, sporting oval or a random public event.
120m height limit
A height of 120 meters above the ground is strictly for drones.
30 meters distance
Maintain a distance of 30 meters from anyone who is not a party to your drone operations, specifically involving takeoff, landing, and flight.
Drone flying is unauthorized for night flights, or during cloudy and foggy weather.
Your flight path should keep away from emergency operations or areas that can hamper public safety.
Can I fly my drone in Australia?
Have you ever considered bringing your drone over to Australia and capturing stunning shots of the ocean? If you haven’t, I have. Everything about Aussie is unbelievably spectacular and gigantic enough to be considered a continent. What better way to explore more of the Australian outback than using a soaring drone.
Is FPV legal in Australia?
Unfortunately, FPV is illegal in Australia. FPV stands for first-person view and is a unique form of video piloting where a camera is mounted onto the drone, which then broadcasts to the pilot. The pilot will be navigating the drone as if they were inside manning it themselves.
Can I fly over the land I own?
Absolutely. You can apply for a special authorization to do this.
- First, the drone must weigh between 100 g and 25 Kg.
- The drone should be yours
- You can only fly over your property.
You can not solicit any monetary gain over such an operation.
If you or the person you have authorized to fly this drone holds a Remote Pilot License (RePL), you can own a drone weighing over 150 Kg.
To get more of the technical bits of information on drones, head over to casa.gov.au. Always keep track of your flight’s records, at any moment CASA can arbitrarily make a request.
Are the rules available on an app?
Well, CASA had an app, then had it retired. It was known as “Can I fly there.” The app pointed out information on restricted areas and the necessary safety regulations.
What “to do” and “not to do” with recreational drones in Australia
Can I drop off an object such as a parcel using a recreational drone?
Yes, provided it does not expose any person or property to risk or damage.
Can a pilot fly a recreational drone over a populated beach, recreational stadium or sporting event?
Can you take photos or videos of random people on your personal drone?
There is no iron-clad law prohibiting you from doing so. It remains subject to interpretation. Worst case scenario, an aggrieved party might file a privacy complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Can I use my drone for commercial uses?
You must give CASA a 5 days heads-up, then apply for a reference number while abiding by all rules pertaining to recreational drones.
Can I fly more multiple drones at once?
Rules on commercial drones
The use of drones for commercial use has grown into an industry in Australia. Changes in rules allow you to fly your drone commercially provided it weighs less than 2 Kg. First, you must apply for an aviation reference number (ARN).
Sketch your ARN number onto your drone.
How can I register my drone in Australia?
How can I get my drone licensed?
What is the Remote Pilot License (RePL)?
The remote pilot license authorizes the user to fly their drone in special circumstances where specialized training is required.
You can apply for this certificate if:
How do I apply for a RePL?
What if you have no experience?
- Start by applying for the Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
More information available here
- Undergo training
Opt for a certified training provider and complete the training – both in theory and practical.
If you intend to fly beyond the visual line of sight, an aeronautical radio operators license comes into play.
You can directly apply for the RePL at CASA through their Application for Remote Pilot License form.back to menu ↑
Do RePL’s expire?
Can I fly a drone in Australia without having it registered?
Is it possible to order or pick a drone off the shelf, and start flying it right away? Yes, but this only applies if:
- The drone is limited to indoor use
- You have no intention of flying the drone ever again.
- The drone weighs less than 250 g.
What is drone accreditation?
If you fly a drone for recreational use or below the 2 Kg group you must register for accreditation. Accreditation is the yardstick set out by the industry to ensure the user is familiar with drone safety rules.
Can I travel with my drone to Australia by Airplane?
In Australia you can carry your drone as a carry along or checked luggage. Airlines generally do not mind anyone carrying a drone, the batteries are the main concern. Lithium-ion batteries are a major concern given their ability to cause an uncontrollable fire when manhandled.
What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Australia?
Can I travel with my drone to Australia
As a foreign traveller you need to:
- Carefully read and understand all drone safety rules
- Download the CASA certified safety app as it can guide you where to fly or not.
Popular tourist locations such as Sydney Harbor do not authorize drone use.
What are the rules around recreational drones?
Registered drone users in Australia are in the millions, a sizable chunk of that being recreational drone users. CASA has even laid out some guidelines for all rookies into the drone world.
What is it about the new privacy laws in Australia?
If a million-plus drone pilots take to the skies every day with their camera-wielding drones, some will definitely nosy around. Is it a good thing? In my opinion absolutely not. However, as it currently stands, it’s almost impossible to file a suit against a drone pilot who has contravened your privacy under the current laws.
Why is that so?
First, Australia’s privacy laws are quite vague towards droners unless the person has committed the crime is an organization with a turnover of $3 million or more annually. Your best bet is the anti-stalking law, whose application is limited too. State and territory legislations on surveillance are vague, inconsistent or outdated.
To say it mildly, there are no written laws on drones and privacy.
New law changes?
Yes. The Australian Civil Aviation Authority is on the verge of reviewing parts of their recreational drone policies. UAV pilots can expect new changes by the end of the decade. As per the bureaucratic process, any new changes must involve years of consultation between the public and aviation industry experts.
On the bright side, drone users are yet to be classified as a public menace in Australia. The high number of users in the country has brought about some troubling incidents and complaints, but not too to instigate societal unrest.
Can I be penalized?
Anyone flying a drone over restricted airspace will have exposed themselves to penalties. In worst case scenarios they will part with $10,500 fine or jail time. Australian police use advanced drone detection devices during major events, so keep off any unauthorized activity.
What are my top drones to fly safely in Australia?
My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.
1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)
No follow me
2.Dji Mavic Air - A great professional drone under 500g
3 direction sensors
DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.
Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)
The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're in Romania is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country: