New Mandatory Registration and Accreditation
CASA* now requires registration of all drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) regardless of how much it weighs, when flying your drone for commercial purposes. This is any drone flown for any type of services as part of a business or part of your job – you must register it by 28 January 2021. However, if you do not intend to fly your drone or flying for sport or recreation you do not need to register now.**
You must be 16 and over to be able to register a drone. It is free for any drone registered before 30 June 2021 and it is valid for 12 months.
From 28 January 2021, there will be penalties for flying an unregistered drone. The fine is up to AUD $11,100.
In addition, you must to get an RPA operator accreditation if you fly or intend to fly your drone under 2kgs for any activity on behalf of your employer, a business or part of your job. You will not need an RPA operator accreditation if you hold a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) or only fly for sport or recreation.
From 28 January 2021, there will be penalties for flying for commercial purposes without a valid RPA operator accreditation or RePL. The fine is up to $11,100.
Watch the step-by-step guide created by CASA on how to get an RPA operator accreditation.
For more information click here for CASA registration details and how to obtain your accreditation.
*Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is a government body that regulates aviation safety and operations in Australia.
** Registration and Accreditation when flying for sport or recreation will open March 2022 and be required by 30 May 2022: registration will be required before you fly.