Drones - Flying drones or model aircraft recreationally
The flying of drones and other
remotely piloted aircraft in Australia is regulated by the Civil
Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) through the Civil Aviation Safety
Regulations Part 101. The CASA rules for flying drones are detailed
on the CASA website.
You must not fly a drone in a way
that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property. The
CASA rules must be followed every time a drone is flown
- You must only fly during the day and keep your drone within
visual line-of sight.
This means being able to see the
aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through a device) at all
times.Operators must not fly a model aircraft over or above people
This could include festivals, sporting ovals, populated beaches and
parks, busy roads and footpaths while they are in use.
- You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400ft)
above the ground
- You must not fly over or above people. This could include
beaches, parks, events, or sport ovals where there
is a game in progress.
- Operators must not fly a model aircraft closer than 30 metres
to vehicles, boats, buildings or people.
- You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other
aircraft, so operators should keep at least 5.5 km away from
airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.
- Respect personal privacy. Don't record or photograph people
without their consent
Breaches of CASA rules for flying
Drone operators must follow the CASA rules for flying drones at
all times. Any breaches of CASA rules are enforceable by
Unsafe drone operations should be reported to CASA - unsafe drone operation complaint form.
Council cannot regulate the privacy issues that may arise from
the flying of drones from or over a Council park.
Complaints should be referred to the Office of the AustralianInformation Commissioner.