Australia’s drone registration and operator accreditation system goes live

Drone registration and operator accreditation is now open for drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) flown for business in Australia – no matter how much it weighs.

Registration is free and valid for 12 months.

Some drones don’t need to be registered. This applies if:

  • you don’t intend to fly your drone
  • you’re only flying for sport or recreation, including model aircraft at CAA-approved model airfields.

Operator accreditation is free and valid for three years.

You do not need an operator accreditation if:

  • you have a remote pilot licence RePL
  • you’re only flying for sport or recreation, including model aircraft at CAA-approved model airfields.

Australia’s regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently consulted on proposed charges for other drone regulatory services and recently published its response online. As a result, CASA has made some minor amendments to Part 101 Manual of Standards (Miscellaneous Amendments) Instrument and has also issued a new Direction for drone operators.

For more information visit:

https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/register

https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/accreditation

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