Australian Drone Laws

Australian Drone Laws

Post Publish Fix: Another rule is that you cannot fly within 5.5km/3nm of an emergency operation whether it’s a bush fire, police operation or mass medical emergency, ‘if you fly, they can’t’.

If you’re new here, hello and a very warm welcome. I’m James, an aeroplane pilot in training and licensed drone pilot. I enjoy sharing my aviation and person experiences to teach and/or entertain you!

Video while not intended for children, are child friendly.

Disclaimer: This video is for Australian drone operators only (CASA rules), please check the rules of your country before flying. I am not a representative of CASA, just a licensed operator.
Optional declaration: all RPA operations were conducted within CASR part 101 piloted by a CASR part 61licensed pilot using a CASR part 47 registered RPA.
All fines and other costs are in AUD (Australian).
Copyright: all scenes were filmed by myself, approval by my person must be given prior to using any footage seen in this video.
Music: all music used is NCS or Non-Copyright Sounds thus is part of the public domain.

Thanks to Stef for the unintentional tips through his own videos (he doesn’t know): or Stefan Drury.


  1. Emma Burke on July 31, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Ya looking mad fresh on the field

  2. Denise Mckinlay on July 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Perhaps you could make a video explaining the legend of each of cassa’s rules they place on their apps, as they don’t have any legend explaining the significance of the colours it makes no sense even opening the no fly app.

  3. a,.kjfhkziujsfdgbskjxfyhg fldkgjjdoigjdg on July 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    can I flight fpv if I can still see it without the goggles?

  4. Cool Star23 on July 31, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Cut the music I can barely hear you

  5. Dark rider76 on July 31, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    you need to lose that stupid music in the videos makes it hard to hear you and its horrid music

  6. Your Old Uncle Noongah, Back From the Dead! on July 31, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    OK mate GREAT Vid thanks for the info, I will be a new Drone Daddy in a couple weeks (DJI Mini Pro 3) so handy to know this. BUT your background music is too loud and actually drowns out some of what youre saying.

  7. Asha Avhad on July 31, 2022 at 8:18 pm


  8. TheFluffyDuck on July 31, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    It’s clear the people making these laws have never seen let alone flown a drone.

  9. Kane on July 31, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    The music was too loud and distracting to give you a thumbs up. Other than that, great job.

  10. john1182 on July 31, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    not tryig to be rude but did you make many of your mistakes on purpose refering to definisions you stated ? eg. becoming aware of other un-maned aircraft within 5.5km of and airfileld that is controled. im sure you ment maned air craft, same with a drone and fly to 400ft 120m as maned aircraft have a min not max of 500ft 150m . sorry to nit pick. but please correct me if i am wrong, im here to learn

  11. NEThome Videos on July 31, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    From which area in Australia you are?

  12. Maurie King on July 31, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    OK so I currently have a PPL so where abouts does this fit in with the somewhat restrictive rules imposed by CASA. , You might like to use a better Mic too ,

  13. LRN Fishing Australia on July 31, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Great video mate and thank you for the information.

  14. Pouya Saboktakin on July 31, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Thank for the Video 😉 I am visiting Australia (from California) in few weeks and well, I am definitely planning to capture some drone footages. I have watched the Video on CASA website (good general info) as well as few similar videos like yours here on YouTube. I just wonder if being a licensed drone operator (obtained in the USA) would cover me over there in Australia as well? Thanks.

  15. Nikhil Kulkarni on July 31, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Good and useful video , why aren’t you uploading next ?

  16. Chad Gilmore on July 31, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Who ever makes these stupid laws up sits in an office chewing on donuts all day and wouldn’t know what a drone looks like

  17. Neville frking Bartos on July 31, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Hi, I have a mavic pro, the main reason I bought it was to explore hills and cliffs around my area, it’s mostly rural land. What qualifications would I need to be able to fly beyond Vlos? If I’m to be restricted to 100 or so metres I could of done that with a $50 Kmart drone.

  18. Dominic Jerome Kim on July 31, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Hey thanks for the info. I was wondering where you can go to study for the test?

  19. Juan Pirata Films on July 31, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    hey mate nice video! I have some questions tho.
    What certification would I need to get in order to fly a Mavic mini for commercial purposes?
    Does the RePL only applies in Australia or can also be recognized in other countries or the world?

  20. Toby on July 31, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Great video, I respect what you are providing in terms of the rules. Unfortunately you are flying over people and property in the cars. Maybe a minor edit. I fully support your message.

  21. gummyhair on July 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    The music at the start is louder than his voice

  22. Chad Gilmore on July 31, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    We get ripped off for drone registration $40 each drone! We should only pay for a account not pay for drone registration per drone….Typical Australian Government any excuse too bleed our bank accounts 🙄

  23. Emma Burke on July 31, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Good job hammy

  24. Dante on July 31, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Hi am I allowed to fly over residential areas

  25. Anthony Donaldson on July 31, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    which law is your favourite hamster?

  26. Andrew Miller on July 31, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    great video! any chance you can make one on what it means for FPV flying? Thanks

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