Commercial Drone Registration is Now Mandatory
Drones for commercial purposes must be registered before flying. Otherwise, you could cop a fine of up to $11,100.
Australia has a lot of beautiful sceneries and it’s no wonder many Aussies buy drones to capture them. Drones are basically flying robots that are remotely controlled by a human on land. Up until recently, you could fly your drone freely without worrying about anything. But this year is different.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced that there will be an annual registration levy for any drones or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA) starting from 1 July 2021, to support the Australian Government in maintaining and promoting the safety of civil aviation in Australia.
The commercial drone registration is only exclusive for those owners who will use drones for business or as a part of their job. This includes selling photos or videos taken from a drone, inspecting industrial equipment, construction sites or infrastructure, monitoring, surveillance or security services, research and development, and any drone activities on behalf of your employer or business.
Meanwhile, for those who will use their drones for fun or will just add them up to their collection, you can go ahead and fly with a smile as you won’t need to go through the registration process.
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Proof of identity
- Australian passport
- Australian birth or citizenship certificate
- Foreign passport or ImmiCard
- myCASA account and Aviation reference number (ARN)
- Drone information
- Model name
- Drone category
- Drone weight
- Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card
- Download and/or print your certificate of registration from myCASA
For drones weighing 500 g or less, it’s free. If it’s more than 500g, the registration fee is $40. This is valid for 12 months.
How to register
Pay a fine of up to $11,100 if you fly an unregistered drone for commercial purposes. You will be asked to produce your registration certificate by an authorised representative of CASA or a member of the Australian Federal Police or State and Territory police services.
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