New mandatory reporting requirements for drone incidents

Date published: 29 September 2021

Drone at sunset

Changes to transport safety regulations will affect the way drone incidents are reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

From 30 September, the new Transport Safety investigation Regulations 2021 will take effect, requiring remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate holders to report safety incidents to the ATSB.

The new requirements will allow the ATSB to properly measure, investigate and report on safety trends in the RPA sector with the aim to assist safety investigations and help prevent future accidents. 

Under the revised requirements, operators will be required to report immediately to the ATSB any occurrences involving:

  • death or serious injury
  • accidents
  • loss of a separation standard with aircraft and
  • serious damage to property.

Less serious incidents and occurrences are required to be reported to the ATSB within 72 hours.

Reports can be made via online notification or by calling 1800 011 034.

To find out more, further background is available on the ATSB website. 

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