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Australia’s recreational drone rules are designed to keep you and others safe, on the ground and in the air

Here are the rules you need to know now, before you take-off

You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.

You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.

You must only fly one drone at a time.

You must keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes (rather than through a device, screen or goggles).

You must not fly over or above people or in a populous area. This could include beaches, parks, events, or sport ovals where there is a game in progress.

Respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent — this may breach other laws.

If your drone weighs more than 100 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally have a control tower at them.

Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.

You must only fly during the day and you must not fly through cloud or fog.

You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts or search and rescue.

If you're near a helicopter landing site or smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres. If you become aware of manned aircraft nearby, you will have to manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.

It is illegal to fly for money or reward unless you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) or you're flying in the excluded category (sub-2 kilogram or private landholder).

Take-off with confidence

Download a CASA-verified drone safety app to find out where you can and can’t fly your drone.

Registration and accreditation are on the way

If you own or fly a drone, registration and accreditation are on the way. Accreditation will be quick, free and last for three years. You may also have to register your drone. Registration will last for one year (fees apply).

Report unsafe flying

If you believe you've seen someone breaking the rules, you can report it to CASA. Fines of up to $1,050 can be issued per offence. If the matter is taken to court, fines of up to $10,500 can be imposed.

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