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
(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
(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.