Flying drones or remotely piloted aircraft Laws

Drone safety rules vary depending on whether you are flying commercially or for fun (recreationally).  You don’t need approval to fly your drone for fun.

When flying your drone for fun, there are some simple safety rules to follow.

  • 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.
  • Must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400ft) above the ground.
  • Must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.
  • Must not fly your Remote Piloted Aircraft over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval). This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
  • Must only fly one RPA at a time.
  • Must not fly over or above people.This could include beaches, parks, events, or sport ovals where there is a game in progress.
  • If your drone weighs more than 100g, you must keep at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes. Flying within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) is possible, but only if no manned aircraft are operating to or from the aerodrome. If you become aware of manned aircraft operating to or from the aerodrome/HLS, you must manoeuvre away from aircraft and land as soon as safely possible.

Remember, you must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.

Respect personal privacy don’t record or photograph people without their consent—this may breach state laws.

*Please be aware the above rules only cover aviation safety. Other rules may apply depending on where you are flying.

These additional rules could be in effect and enforced by local councils, national parks or state-based government organisations like environmental agencies.

It is a good idea to always research the area where you want to fly, checking with your local council or national park before you fly. There’s also advice on  Best practice: tips and tricks page.  Civil Aviation Safety Authority