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Flying over your own land - excluded category
If you earn money by flying your drone, you're usually required to hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) or remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC).
However, if you're only flying over your own land, you may be able to operate under the 'Flying over your own land' excluded category.
Operations under this category could include:
- aerial spotting
- land surveying
- weed and pest spraying
- carrying cargo.
You or the remote pilot flying over your land will be required to keep accurate operational records.
You don't need a licence or certification if you're only flying for fun.
You can fly under this excluded category if:
- you own the drone
- your drone weighs between 100 g and 25 kg*
- you - or someone flying on your behalf - are only flying over your own property
- the drone and land are owned or leased by the same person
- no money is paid for conducting the flight.
*You can fly a drone weighing up to 150 kg if you (or the person flying on your behalf) holds a RePL.
Excluded category safety rules video
How to apply
Step 1: apply for an aviation reference number (ARN)
An ARN is your unique ID number that we'll use to identify you each time you communicate with us.
Find out more about the ID requirements and apply for an ARN.
Step 2: tell us before you fly
You need to tell us before you want to fly by completing the online notification form.
Flight notifications are valid for 36 months. You'll need to complete a new form every 3 years.
Notifications are specific to each drone and location, so you'll need to submit a new notification if you:
- get a new drone
- want to fly a different drone
- change the weight of your drone eg by adding extra equipment
- want to fly from a different place.
Step 3: fly within the drone safety rules
You must fly within the drone safety rules, officially known as the standard operating conditions, at all times.
Step 4: get your accreditation
From the end of 2019, you'll also need to get your drone accreditation.
Once you've learnt the flight rules, you'll need to pass a short online accreditation quiz.
Accreditation lets us know you've learnt the drone safety rules and are following them at all times when you fly.
Step 5: register your drone
From the end of 2019, you'll need to register all drones. You must register your drone before you can fly it. Registration will be quick and easy.
If you don't register before you fly, you could face penalties including fines of up to $10,500 and possible jail time.
You'll need to register your drone through our myCASA portal.
Have a question? Need help? Try asking our virtual assistant, which can be found in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
You can also contact us through our online enquiry form.
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