The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has recently unveiled a new registration and licences scheme for drones in Australia. Under the new scheme, anyone who wants to fly a drone that weighs more than 250 grams, whether commercially or recreationally, will have to be accredited.

On 28 March 2019 CASA’s website published the following:

28 March 2019

CASA is planning to introduce a drone registration and accreditation scheme from later this year – but it has yet to be finalised.

This follows consultation with the community from 25 January to 22 February 2019, where we sought feedback on the details.

The proposed registration and accreditation requirements apply (with certain exceptions) to:

  • drones more than 250 grams operated recreationally
  • all drones operated commercially regardless of weight.

Key parts of our proposal were:

  • flyers under 16 years of age need to be supervised by someone 18 or older who is accredited
  • accreditation will be an online education course to make sure you know the rules – basically, watching video and answering a quiz
  • registration for recreational flyers will be less than $20
  • for commercial flyers registration is likely to be from $100 to $160 per drone.
  • CASA has yet to determine if you can register early or if there will be any leeway around the time of registration.