Aviation safety measures in the 2021-22 Federal Budget

Date published: 12 May 2021

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The Australian Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing safety as its number one priority in aviation.

As Australia’s aviation safety regulator, CASA will support the Australian Government to maintain, enhance and promote the safety of civil aviation in Australia. 

Budget measure

The Government has announced the introduction of an annual registration levy from 1 July 2021 for any drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) flown for business or as part of your job. 

Registration levy for drones

From 1 July 2021, an annual registration levy for commercially operated drones will be introduced. 

For drones flown for business or used as part of your job: 

  • all drones weighing not more than 500g, will still require annual registration but there will be no associated charge
  • for those drones weighing from more than 500g, an annual registration levy of $40 per drone will come into effect.

What this means

The registration levy applies to drones registered on or after 1 July 2021. 

For drones registered prior to 1 July 2021, there will continue to be no associated charge for the registration term. 

Registration is valid for 12 months.

More information

The detail of the drone registration scheme will be published on the CASA website and in CASA’s Cost Recovery Implementation Statement soon.  

For more information on the measures announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget, see the Portfolio Budget Statements 2021-22.

Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//aviation-safety-measures-2021-22-federal-budget
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