Drone Laws and Regulations in Australia

Find out whether you are allowed to fly your drone in Australia and what

rules apply or whether it is prohibited in general. We do not assume any liability.

 

If you find outdated or wrong information or if you want to submit the drone regulations for countries that are currently not listed, feel free to contact us here.

RECREATIONAL DRONE PILOTS (HOBBYISTS)

Is private drone flying allowed in Australia?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A special permission is not necessary.

Maximum Height

In controlled airspace 120m / 400ft

Outside controlled airspace without a limit

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Maximum Take-Off Weight

None

Competence Statement / License

Not required

Day Times

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Labelling Requirements

Not required, but recommended

Drone Liability Insurance

Not required, but highly recommended

COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOTS (PROFESSIONALS)

Is commercial drone flying allowed in Australia?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below, register your drone

and apply for an operators certificate in some cases (see information below)

In controlled airspace 120m / 400ft

Outside controlled airspace without a limit

Maximum Height

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Not required, but recommended (ARN number)

Labelling Requirements

Maximum Take-Off Weight

< 2kg / 4.4lbs (see rules below)

> 2kg / 4.4lbs (see rules below)

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Day Times

Drone Liability Insurance

Not required, but highly recommended

< 2kg / 4.4 lbs = Registration required

> 2kg / 4.4lbs = Operators certificate + RPA required


You must notify CASA five days before your first commercial flight here

Competence Statement / License

Drone Ban Zones

State institutes

Federal authority constructions

Regional authority constructions

Airport control zones (CTR)

Vehicles, Boats, Buildings, People (everyone: min. 30m, ReOC: min. 15m)

Hospitals

Operation sites of police, military, search- and rescue forces

You must always yield right of way to manned aircraft!

FOR DJI DRONES ONLY!

Please note that there are several constant and temporary drone ban zones (known as no-fly-zones) that either won't let your drone take-off at all or that will ask for a permission of yours.

Please click at both graphics to spot all blocked / restricted areas near your desired flying location.

Additional links and important email addresses

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