CASA Introduces changes to drone regulations

Effective from 29 September, CASA’s (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations around the use of very small commercial drones have been amended.

The amendments are designed to reduce costs for operators whilst ensuring public safety is protected by a requirement to follow strict operating conditions at all times

The new regulations mean people and organisations wanting to fly commercial drones with a maximum take-off weight of less than two kilograms no longer need to apply for a certificate and licence from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The operating conditions for under two kilogram commercial drones include only flying during the day and in line of sight, no flying within 30 metres of people, no flying above 120 metres, no flying within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled airport and no flying over populous areas such as beaches, parks and sporting ovals.

Drones must not be flown in an area near emergency operations such as firefighting, accidents or search and rescue.

Anyone who wants to operate an under two kilogram commercial drone outside the standard operating conditions must apply to CASA for a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate and a remote pilot licence.

The new rules also introduce a category for landholders which means drones up 25 kilograms can be operated without the need for CASA approvals.

This can be done as long as the drone is only operated on the landholders or leaseholder’s own property and there is no remuneration.  The notification requirement applies.

Further information about the new regulations can be accessed via

Should you have any questions please contact the Aerosure team.