In this article, we cover the key things you need to know about the proposed new Australian drone registration and accreditation scheme.

According to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the scheme will be introduced progressively in the second half of 2019. CASA is currently asking for comments from anyone that has an interest in drones. Comments can be provided at CASA’s Consultation Hub here.

Who will need to register?

Most recreational drones weighing more than 250 grams will need to be registered by their owners.

Will there be any exemptions?

If you’re a recreational drone flyer and only ever fly indoors, you won’t have to register. Recreational drone operators who only fly at an approved model aircraft airfield will also be exempt.

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The popular Ryze Tello, weighing in at 80 grams, falls under the proposed 250g registration threshold. Photo by William Daignea.

How do you register?

The registration will be a simple online process.

What about commercial operators?

If you’re a commercial operator, drones of all weights will also need to be registered every year.

How will accreditation work?

According to CASA, “accreditation will be required for people who don’t hold a remote pilot licence, unless they’re operating a drone 250 grams or under, or participating at an approved model airfield. Accreditation will need to be renewed every three years.”

Are there different rules for adults and children?

According to CASA, “it is proposed that people will need to be 16 years or older to register a drone, with younger people to be supervised by a person over 18 years old who is accredited.”

What about the cost?

Accreditation will be free.

The cost of registration is yet to be determined by CASA. CASA has indicated that the cost will likely be $20 or less (annually) for recreational drones, and that for each commercial drone, the annual registration fee will likely range from $100 to $160.

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Photo by Andres Prieto Molina


In this article, we covered the key things you need to know about the proposed new national drone registration and accreditation scheme.

The scheme is supported by the Government and is designed to promote safer skies for all.

Comments can be provided through the CASA Consultation Hub until 22 February 2019.

Full details about the scheme can be found here.

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