Aerial application operations air operator's certificate

If you conduct or propose to conduct an aerial application operation, under Part 137 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR), in an aeroplane in Australia, you will need to hold an air operator’s certificate (AOC).

Part 137 prescribes the rules that relate to:

  • flying and operating aeroplanes in aerial application operations under that Part
  • the maintenance of equipment used in aerial application operations under that Part.

(A person may also conduct analogous ‘dispensing operations’ under Part 138 of CASR without an AOC.)

Applying for an AOC authorising Part 137

Any legal entity may apply for an AOC, including:

  • a natural person
  • an incorporated company or association
  • a body corporate or politic created by statute.

AOCs for aerial application operations are issued for a 5-year term. To operate after that term, the certificate holder must apply for, and be issued with, a new certificate prior to the expiry of the existing certificate.

The Part 137 aerial application authorisation form is for authorisations to conduct aerial application operations (in an aeroplane only) under Part 137. The form is to be used for any of the following:

  • initial issue of a Part 137 authorisation on an AOC
  • renewal of a Part 137 authorisation on an AOC
  • changes to a Part 137 authorisation on an AOC.

Supporting documents

In addition to the application form, you must also provide the following:

  • For initial issue applications - a complete operations manual covering all requirements of the regulations pertaining to your proposed operations.
  • For renewals - you are only required to provide the signed application form.
  • For changes to an AOC - your operations manual with identified changes you wish to make and any other supporting information as required.

Further information

For more information or assistance on your application, please contact the regulatory services team.

If you have a query about the regulations and their application to your operations, please submit an online enquiry form.

Last updated:
6 Dec 2021
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