Australia pushes back drone registration to mid-2020

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has delayed its proposed drone registration system until mid-2020 in order to allow for industry consultation on fees. Legislation was passed in July 2019 to introduce mandatory drone registration and accreditation requirements in Australia, with consultation on fees due to start in late 2019. The changes introduce new requirements for businesses and recreational flyers and will introduce a cost to register a drone, so CASA said it would consult on the proposed fees ahead of the scheme’s introduction. To provide industry and households with adequate time to participate in the consultation of the fees, the scheme is now expected to commence in phases from mid-2020.

The rules will require all drone flyers to gain an accreditation – that is, watch an online video and successfully answer a short quiz to demonstrate they understand the drone safety rules – or hold a remote pilot licence.

A statement by the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) said the association fully supports the introduction of registration and accreditation but added the cost needs to be fair and proportionate.

(Image: AAUS)

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