Australia's New 2021 Drone Laws and How they Affect You

Australia's New 2021 Drone Laws and How they Affect You

Quick update to add – just in case it’s not 100% clear from the video – if you’re flying commercially you need to register yourself and your drone no matter what size the drone is.

Every drone flyer in Australia is about to be affected by the new rules governing drone and pilot registration. In this video I break everything down and explain who’s affected by the new laws and what you have to do to stay legal.


  1. Juan Pirata Films on June 5, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    amazing video thanks man!

  2. Donal O'Brien on June 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Loved the video.
    Can anybody clarify two points for me. On the CASA website it states that ‘if a drone weighs more than 250g then I cannot fly within 5.5k of an airport with a tower’. Does that suggest that there are circumstances where I CAN fly my mavic mini within 5.5ks of an airport with a tower?
    Secondly, when I have attempted to take off in restricted areas, the DJI app asks for my mobile number. Then if I tick that I am ‘qualified’, accept responsibility, and something about uploading information, then I can take off. Can anybody clarify exactly what qualification is required, and what the ‘upload’ requirements mean exactly?

  3. Warren Gregory on June 5, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Nothing will ever change, because governments are a bunch of pricks, that want to control every part of our lives and slap us all with BS massive taxes

  4. KiwiPhil on June 5, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    applying as a non Australian citizen is horrible, need to get verified copies of ID as the id checkers only works if you have a valid Australian passport. What a terrible experience

  5. Stephen Hu on June 5, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Hi all, I have just checked the website
    Flying for sport or recreation

    If you’re flying for sport or recreation, you don’t need a remote pilot licence (RePL). If the drone or model aircraft weighs more than 25 kg, you’ll need to apply for an approval to fly.

    It didn’t mention 250g for recreational use. Actually most drones weigh less than 25kg.

  6. Grahame Roberts on June 5, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Pain in the ass, of course we all new it was going to happen, sooner or later, check out Canadian law about drones, virtually banned completely, so for once in Australia, we’re getting off lightly,

  7. Chad Gilmore on June 5, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    $11000 🤣Like I’m going to pay that

  8. MTB RP | Mtb Rookie Pilipinas on June 5, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    It’s good that I came across of your video. Very informative.

  9. Craig Plunkett on June 5, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you heaps for this information im going to jump on it right now get it done 👍👍

  10. David Cooper on June 5, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Great video Andy. I’m very suspicious that CASA are aiming towards the
    money making aspect of the sub 120 metre airspace and
    hobbyists/recreational flyers stand in their way. That "safety" is just a
    smoke screen to justify legislation to reduce the numbers of
    recreational drones in the sky. I fly foam rc model aircraft at the park
    and I do so in a safe manner (no people around and keep to the drone
    rules). This harmless hobby too will be regulated and made to look like a
    serious commercial operation. I can fly a circuit of my town in a full
    sized aircraft with less paperwork than that proposed for UAVs

  11. Wayne Ramm on June 5, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Andy
    When you say this will eventually include ALL drone operators including rec pilots does it encompass drones under 250 grams like my mini 2 ?
    I am thinking of getting into drone fishing and looking at a swell pro plus 3 and wondering if this will need registration because of its weight category
    Thanking you in advance

  12. Dante Farate on June 5, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Hi can I fly over residential areas

  13. Pepe le Deux on June 5, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    the government’s actual concern was insufficient revenue from people having fun

  14. Australian Image on June 5, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t have an issue with the CASA rules, but what I do have an issue is with state rules on where you can fly. Specifically, living in Victoria and regularly travelling in the High Country, flying a drone in any Parks Vic managed area is illegal unless you have all the CASA compliance requirements, apply for a permit (at least two weeks in advance), pay a fee ($170) and have insurance. As a potential recreational user, this just kills any desire to own a drone.

  15. kD sHarma on June 5, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    hey bud, you have already provided a huge info about the rules and regulations. just wanna ask a bit more about a couple of things if you can reply back please.

  16. bashpr0mpt on June 5, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve dropped repeaters all over my area of operations. My range is further than anyone would expect, and you’ll never find me – just my repeaters. So good luck enforcing these absurd rules, big brother! Ain’t happening. Kowtowing to absurd rules is how you get more absurd rules. Fighting tooth and nail and filling up the courts is how you stop them. Remember; it took 1/4 of NSW being on a suspended license or GBB for them to RECONSIDER their absurd road rules. If you cop a fine and don’t seek legal counsel and drag them through the courts over it you’re licking boots.

  17. desparky on June 5, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the info.
    I read the CASA website last night and almost signed up, then thought I don’t sell photos/vids. I didn’t considered any other income like Youtube etc. Also I didn’t realise this was going to become a requirement for recreational users too. I’ll get to it then, before the flood gates open and while it’s free.

    Of course this will have no impact on anyone who wants to build and/or fly a drone for nefarious purposes, so it’s a complete waste of time.
    It is what it is… bureaucratic nonsense.

  18. Odette Pross on June 5, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Australia sucks

  19. Anish Manandhar on June 5, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I purchased Dji air 2s which weighs 595g, do i have to register my drone if I will be using only for recreational activities as it weighs more than 250g?
    In some places, they ask for authorisations to fly, from where we can get authorisations in those areas if I am flying only for recreational activities?

  20. Rctrail@ction on June 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Its absolutely bullshit, im in a restricted zone and can’t even fly my mavic mini in my backyard.

  21. Volks2462 on June 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    So what about if im not a professional and just flying for fun , do i need to register if my drone is over 250g but for rec use ?

  22. Justin O on June 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Yet cyclists on roads don’t have to be registered….

  23. KayGeeSus1 on June 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Politicians are a more serious threat to public safety than drones will ever be, simply because you can’t fix stupid!

  24. Phillip Cohen on June 5, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Excellent recap of what the current status quo is. I am considering using my drone for income and contacted a number of course providers that all told me I require a REPL certificate regardless of the drone weight if I use it for commercial purposes. After watching your video and contacting CASA I got my ARN and RPA accreditation. I believe I am now covered to use my < 2kg drone to generate income and saved a course fee of around $2500. If I have not got this correct, happy for you or someone to clarify.

  25. olivia zhou on June 5, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Andy, this video is really helpful, i am thinking about investing in a drone for stock photography and videography, i am wondering if it is still worth it and which drone do you recommend?

  26. mixsetup on June 5, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    It sucks I just bought a DJI mini 2. If I knew there are so many laws that basically you can’t fly it in most places I should of just bought another RC plane to fly at the club.

  27. The Thinking Man on June 5, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    This is what happens when a nation of sheep allow themselves to be governed by a pack of wolves. They will tax you and impose fees and controls upon you everywhere they can. until we find the courage to fight back – this will never end.

  28. Wayne Dawson on June 5, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Mate you still need your repl as well

  29. TSM Esports Racing on June 5, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    wow anyways they can make money from people they will do it what a shame

  30. Neville frking Bartos on June 5, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    There is basically nowhere interesting within the rules of casa to fly your drone, I like to explore mountains and Bush land

  31. Chad Gilmore on June 5, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Do I have too register my self as well if I am only doing it as a hobby?

  32. UI Art Media on June 5, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Informative video, thanks mate.

  33. VIDEOLIFE on June 5, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Very helpful…Thanks for that Andy!!
    I’m planning on using my drone for real-estate video/photo work. Do you know if there’s any specific rules around this (in Victoria)?

  34. Neville frking Bartos on June 5, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder what casa is worried about.
    If your not flying above 400 ft
    Not flying within the limits of a airport
    Not flying within 30 metres of people
    Not flying at night.
    Following all their other rules
    Why can’t I fly beyond Vlos?

  35. Noah Bradford on June 5, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Great Video! Has there been any changes since posting?

  36. kakman1958 on June 5, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I have a feeling we’re heading towards all drones and pilots being registered. They may exclude toy drones, <100grams etc, but I think the explosion of sales means they have to have some sort of control. Hopefully it will help weed out the cowboys.

  37. les sloane on June 5, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Starts at 3mins

  38. George Smith on June 5, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I registered a drone which is between 250g and 2kgs and it cost AUD$40.

  39. Brad C on June 5, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    The reason for all these rules is to keep every1 under the level that the police ones fly. Just because there are rules for some people obviously the same rules cant apply to the ppl who make them.
    The only ppl that you should worry bout flying drones is the ppl who are only flying them to film what ppl do in their own homes that used to be private. If you think they cant see what you do behind closed doors just look at the quality of the thermal camera footage thats available from drones

  40. Aussie Farmer on June 5, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I’m a farmer and just started to think about using a drone /camera on my farm to check sheep lambing as an unintrusive way to get around.Is this classed as commercial or just personal use? PS welcome to the bureaucracy , They have been doing this shit with gun laws for years. Getting back to drones. I dont want to sell pictures I just want to check stuff on the property. How do I stand? Any help is a start.Thanks

  41. Numinous20111 on June 5, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Here in Ireland, as long as the drone has a camera (even if it is under 250g) you have to register with the Irish Aviation Authority and pay euro 30 for a two year authorisation, after completing a straightforward test on the regulations.

  42. ozstream. live on June 5, 2022 at 7:48 pm
  43. SamboRambo97 on June 5, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Useful to us newbies thanks heaps

  44. OzRC101 on June 5, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Hey mate, I recently brought a dji fpv drone, can I fly it legal with a spotter and if its registered? Cheers Ben

  45. Adventure Found on June 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Good info. I don’t have a drone yet, but am planning on getting one very soon. I plan to use the footage on my youtube channel, which as yet is not monetised, but that is the plan. So all i need to do to legally do that once monetised, or to sell my photos and videos is to register myself and my drone with CASA? Yes? Your video is the closest I’ve found to a clear answer on this. I am in Australia.

  46. WCE74 WCE on June 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Damn Karens everywhere

  47. Mad Love on June 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    plenty of morons recreational so called pilots out there keep it tight and real. I had people deploying drones just half a meter on top from us before on the beach showing off they can afford to buy drones.,

  48. I'm just a Lonely Cat on June 5, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I got a question.. what if someone else is using the fpv goggles other than you like you’re the one flying the drone while you’re friend or someone has the goggle on? is that legal?

  49. david robinson on June 5, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    typical Australia..more laws rules and regulations to control everything we the people do ..far worse than any communist country …probably worse than North Korea ..democracy ..i don’t think so ..we only vote for the next dictatorial government ..

  50. Jason Ford on June 5, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I follow police with my drone…and I also know that the new south Wales police are still corrupt

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