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Australians are flying drones in record numbers. New rules on drone registration and accreditation are coming soon.
Drone registration will help us to ensure people are flying their drone responsibly. Just as you need to register your car to use the road, you'll soon need to register your drone to share Australian airspace.
Registration will be quick and easy through our online myCASA portal. The cost of registration may vary depending on how you use your drone. These fees will be decided following a period of public consultation.
Excluded category operations
Each drone being flown under these rules will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight.
As part of these new rules, you'll also need to get accredited to show you've learnt the drone safety rules. If you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) you will not need a drone accreditation certificate.
Remote pilot licence and remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate holders
All drones flown for or at work will soon need to be registered.
Each drone being flown at work will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight. Registration will need to be renewed every 12 months.
You will not need to get your accreditation if you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL).
Flying for fun
If you are flying your drone for fun, all drones weighing more than 250 g will need to be registered.
Registration will be quick and easy and last for 12 months. You do not have to do anything at this time.
Drones weighing 250 g or less and those only flown indoors will not need to be registered. Also, you won't need to register any model aircraft being exclusively flown at a CASA-verified model airfield.
As part of these new rules, you'll also need to get accredited to show you've learnt the drone safety rules.
How to register
When registration is introduced, to register your drone you will need:
- to be at least 16 years old
- proof of identification – Australian passport, Australian birth certificate, Australian citizenship certificate, foreign passport or ImmiCard
- an aviation reference number (ARN) – easy and free to apply online
- your drone details – including the make, model, serial number, weight and type of drone
- form of payment – either a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card.
You'll need to create a myCASA account and use the portal to complete your registration.
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