Aerial application operations air operator's certificate

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

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 the CASR without an AOC.

Aerial application operations AOCs explained

Any legal entity may apply for an AOC, including:

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

We generally issue AOCs for aerial application operations for a 5-year term. To operate after that term, you must apply for and receive a new certificate before the existing certificate expires.

Applying for or varying an aerial application operations AOC

Use the application form for any of the following:

  • Initial issue of an aerial application operations AOC.
  • Variation to an existing aerial application operations AOC.
  • Renewal of an existing aerial application operations AOC.

To do any of the above, you must submit form:

Supporting documents

In addition to the application form, you must provide supporting documents.

Initial issue applications: When applying for the first time you must include a complete operations manual covering all requirements of the regulations for your proposed operations.

Variations: You must resubmit your operations manual identifying the changes you wish to make, along with your supporting information. You may choose to give us your complete operations manual document with the changes.

Renewals without change: You only need to submit the signed application form.

If submitting a standard operations manual (as defined in paragraph 137.040 of the CASR), the application must include:

  • a statement identifying the standard operations manual
  • an undertaking to comply with the standard operations manual
  • a schedule to the standard operations manual showing both:
    • the ways (if any) in which the application operations are proposed to differ from those described in the standard operations manual (schedule of differences)
    • the names of the persons who are proposed to be the CEO and holders of the key personnel positions.

How to apply

  1. Complete and submit your AOC application form

    Complete and submit a signed AOC (aerial application operations) form to advise us of your intended operations:

    Instructions on how to submit are within the form.

    We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.

    We will review the application to ensure you have answered the relevant questions and provided all required documents. If your application is incomplete, we will notify you.

  2. Pay the fee and submit supporting documents

    We will send you an estimate of the costs to assess your application. This is valid for 30 days from the date of estimate.

    The estimate letter will also contain any additional documents you must provide to support your application.

    If you wish to proceed with your application, you must:

    • pay the application fee
    • submit any supporting documents.
  3. Assessing your application

    We won't start formally assessing your application until we have received your payment and any supporting documents.

    If we don’t receive your payment and supporting documents within 30 days, we may close your request. We will notify you if this happens.

  4. Issue of your certificate

    When we have finished assessing your application, we will finalise your request and email the certificate to you.

Further information

Contact us for assistance on your application or questions about your aerial application operations AOC.

Last updated:
15 Jul 2022
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