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Flying Drones in Australia
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Drone Information

CASA - Drones in Australia

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Flying Recreationally
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the primary body charged with the setting flight regulations and their enforcement in Australia.

In addition to CASA regulations, additional regulations and restrictions may be set by other government organisations, such as state governments and local councils that may enact additional local restrictions to ensure that drone operation does not unduly impact on the privacy, enjoyment and/or safety of others.
Drone Flight Regulatory Authority
Drone Flight Primary Safety Rules
The primary safety rules for recreationally flying a drone in Australia are as follows:

(1) Fly no higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above the ground.
(2) No flying over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are  
underway (without prior approval).
(3) No flying within 30 metres of people, unless the other person is part of controlling or navigating  
the drone.
(4) Only fly one drone at a time.
(5) Drone weighing more than 100 grams:
(a) Must stay at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes (usually those with a control  
(b) May only fly within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) if  
manned aircraft are not operating to or from the aerodrome.
(6) Only fly during the day and keep the drone within visual line-of sight (by eye, not googles or a  
video screen).
(7) No flying over or above people, including buildings, boats, festivals, ovals, beaches, parks,  
roads or footpaths.
(8) No flying unless it does not create a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.
(9) No flying in prohibited or restricted areas. Note: Visit Can I Fly There? for guidance.
(10) Do not record or photograph people unless it is not prohibited under state and local laws.

For more information, visit the CASA website.