Drones

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    The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) enforces safety rules for operators of all types of drones:

    • model aircraft are drones or remote controlled aircraft flown for sport or recreation – for fun
    • remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) are drones flown for business or as part of your job – commercially.

    Under the drone safety rules, unlicensed operators must:

    • be able to see their drone with their own eyes at all times (not using goggles or a screen)
    • not cause a hazard to other aircraft
    • not fly within 5.5 km of a controlled airport (an airport with a control tower)
    • land the drone immediately if flying where an aircraft or helicopter is taking off or landing, including helicopter landing sites.

    Unsafe drone use

    Operators must not fly:

    • over, above or closer than 30 m to people
    • above populated beaches, parks, houses, sports ovals or public venues
    • near emergencies where police, fire or ambulance services may be attending
    • higher than 120 m (400 ft) above the ground
    • at night or in low visibility conditions including cloud or fog
    • in restricted airspace without gaining permission beforehand.

    The complaints process

    If you think someone has broken any of the rules listed above, contact CASA. Make a report using CASA's online Drone complaints form.

     

    Noise from drones

    The issue of noise from drone use is currently being looked at by Australian Government agencies.

    As drones become more popular for commercial and recreational use, the issue of noise is becoming more important.

    The Department of Infrastructure Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) approves commercial drone operations.

    Learn more about how the Department is managing drone noise.

    Contact the Department to give feedback or complain about noise from drones.