Australia defers drone registration until September 2020 in light of COVID-19

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced the government has agreed to defer mandatory drone registration and accreditation until 30 September 2020. Drone registration for commercial operators and excluded category operators was scheduled to commence on 1 April 2020 in line with legislation that was passed in July 2019. The requirements will require all drones, regardless of type or weight to be registered regardless of their type or weight. Each drone being flown at work will need to be registered, which will need to be renewed every 12 months.

CASA also announced a suite of measures to alleviate pressure on Australian RPA operators while ensuring the ongoing safety of aviation. The agency said: “COVID-19 is expected to continue to disrupt business and operations for some time, so we are putting in place further measures to assist the RPAS industry.” Measures include extending RPA operator certificates for 6 months and delaying new requirements relating to training and record keeping.

Recreational drone registration and accreditation is still expected to commence in 2022.

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