Australian Drone Guide 2021/2022 – Buying and Flying

Australian Drone Guide 2021/2022 – Buying and Flying

Everything you need to know to buy, register and fly a drone (legally) here in Australia. This video is in three parts: which drone to buy (brand, model and size), what paperwork you need to complete (registering yourself and your drone) and how to fly it and avoid getting fined (including standard operating conditions).

0:00 Intro
2:18 Part one – buying your drone
2:21 Which Brand of Drone?
3:15 Which Size of Drone?
4:27 Which Model of Drone
5:28 Accessories for the Drone
6:29 DJI Care Refresh
7:17 Buy New or Used?
8:36 Drone Care
9:08 Learning to Fly
9:39 Part Two – The Paperwork
10:30 Who or what is CASA?
12:04 Registering Yourself
15:27 Drone Registration
18:33 Part Three – Standard Operating Conditions
19:08 Visual Line of Sight
19:50 Daylight Hours
21:05 Flight Ceiling
21:48 Airports and Airfields
22:39 Privacy
23:21 Marine Mammals
24:01 Restricted Airspace
26:23 Weather
28:08 Outro


  1. Steve Kavanagh on December 21, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Andy. I am still unclear about flying over my neighbourhood. I thought the 30m rule extended vertically meaning no flight over anyone, houses etc. In short , can I launch off my balcony and fly over people, roads and houses in my neighbourhood?

  2. X1000 - Hyperlapse Travel Channel on December 21, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    New fan here! Really enjoyed the video!! so awesome!

  3. Dietrich Lasa on December 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you for taking the time for producing these valuable videos. Could you please say more about the laws regarding buildings? For example, we could circle buildings without flying ‘over’ them. If the circle is high enough we could theoretically maintain the ‘line of sight’.

  4. j anderson on December 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Is it necessary to be double vaxxed to operate a drone in Australia? Yet!

  5. Ting Noble on December 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Now I’m on the fence of getting myself a drone. Primarily to shoot landscape in and around NSW national parks. Your video is most helpful though, thank you!

  6. Divine Droner on December 21, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Great video Andy, subbed. I’m from NSW as well flying the mavic 🤟🏽

  7. mark Nunyabusiness on December 21, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    The no flying beyond Vlos is biggest problem I have with the rules. The main purpose of buying the dji mavic pro was to explore tops of hill and rugged terrain. So far I’ve heard nothing about how I can still do this legally, and anyone that doesn’t follow the law would just do it anyway.
    Flying distance above the ground can be a funny one also, because are they referring to the distance above the ground in reference to the drone or the take off position?. If I’m at the foot of a huge hill, I’d say 400 ft above the top of the hill, as this is still 100 ft below the height of any light GA aircraft ( their minimum is 500ft over terrain)

  8. Md. Golam Faruque on December 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Is it allowed to fly DJI Mini 2 in the Australian beach (facing the beach from water)?

  9. Jim Owens on December 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Totally brilliant, amazing video. Thank you!

  10. Ben W on December 21, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    That’s so helpful regarding the national parks land vs airspace. I’ve wondered about that. I assume that would mean that you can launch from palm/hand with a Mavic mini even in a NP?

  11. Justin Spencer on December 21, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks Andy this is brilliant. You explain it way better than CASA.

  12. Ali Mehdi on December 21, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks Andy, you are amazing…

  13. Rafal33 on December 21, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks Andy, just started watching your channel lately and it’s been very informative. I’m going from hobbyist to starting a business venture and I was hoping that you might do a video about any safety measures i.e. JSA’s or other precautionary measures that you take prior to doing any commercial work. Once again thanks for your content.

  14. Adam Robert on December 21, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks Andy, another great vid

  15. CARCASS RYZU on December 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Great vid. thank you! Its crazy how hard it is to really know for sure if you are following all the right rules…. couple of things in this vid though… I understand that you do not need accreditation for a sub 2kg drone you use for recreation but come next year you will need to register it – the very small excluded category specifically. Also the registration fee for this category i.e. >250g but <2kg is a once off $40 fee. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I’ve just gone through all this and this is how I understand it.

  16. CARCASS RYZU on December 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    600th Sub, hooray for me. haha

  17. TommyTwobats on December 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    As an Aussie expat in Japan, soooo jealous. In Japan- NO flying over. Private property, public roads, lanes, streets, railways, walkways, parks, over people! NO flying over public lands. So tell me, where. Is NOT public and private property….People here are not confrontational. You won’t get people getting in your face, but you will get sobbed in and be under surveillance…without knowing it. And dealing with police here , whilst they are polite, you get locked up without a charge, have no private lawyer time…you could spend a year in jail unless you just give up and ‘confess’. (Thus helping them maintain the pristine conviction rate…Good luck if you are a foreigner and you bring shame on your company or school for public misdemeanor…

  18. Jason Callow on December 21, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks Andy great information in layman’s terms, love the dry humour also. Keep up the good work.

  19. Sandgroper Wookie on December 21, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Cheers Andy! I just got the mini 2 today(1st drone for an ageing bastard), & did all the hoopla thanks to your info.
    So now I’m ridgey didge 😐
    Like the way you deliver your vids..with humour & commonsense & some choice french thrown in😁👍
    Subbed 👍

    *Shoulda been ‘assholes’ like to dob in these days…not "Aussies". 🍻🇦🇺

  20. Chris Gaskill on December 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Just found your channel, subbed & sent the link to a couple of friends. I’ve enjoyed your clear, no bullshit explanations of flying a drone in Australia today. Love the dry wit. Loved the scottyfrommarketing email address! Love the fact that you don’t wear a back to front baseball cap & start your vids with "’sup dudes". I have done all the accreditation & registration crap with CASA & didn’t find it too difficult, but at the time, a few months ago, wasn’t aware that they would want me to start forking out money for each of my 2 Mavics. Pricks. What’s your take on DJI’s FPV drone re regulations? Thanks.

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