Drone users may face fines of up to $11,100 under new rules

The rules for commercial drone use in Australia have changed. Anyone who uses a drone for business or commercial purposes will now need to register their equipment with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Registration applies to drones of all sizes and weights. Anyone who uses remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or drones for business or commercial purposes will now need to register their equipment with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or face fines of up to $11,100.

CASA have outlined some example activities that may include a business or commercial purpose, including:

  • Creating photos or video content to be sold
  • Inspecting commercial equipment, infrastructure or sites
  • Monitoring, providing surveillance or security services
  • Creating content for websites where an income is generated from advertising
  • Any drone activities on behalf of your employer.

Contact McAuley Hawach should you have any enquiries as to how this will effect you, whether you need a drone license and whether you require insurance.

Bernard McAuley

McAuley Hawach Lawyers

11 Fennell Street, Parramatta NSW 2124

Telephone: (02) 9633 1826

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