Flying a Drone in Australia (2018) – AUS drone rules in under 2 minutes

Wanting to know what the rules are for flying a drone in Australia?

Then let me show you in under 2 minutes!

This video is intended for those starting out with drones, or for those visiting the country, and wanting a quick rundown of what the laws/rules/restrictions are.

These rules are for all cities in Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth etc.

If you need more clarification, don’t forget to check the official government website:

And to download the app from the iTunes store:

If you’re a subscriber, thanks!
If you’re not, get on it!

Let us know in the comments below how the Australian rules differ from those in your country, and what you think of them!
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  1. TheJigFreak on May 23, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Great info mate.. ok straight to the question… can i fly my Dji Mavic Air in Melbourne or Great Ocean Road for my holiday videos? Do i need a special permit to fly the Mavic Air even i adhere to the 120m/30m guideline? Cheers..

  2. Adam Casey on May 23, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Great video mate. Well done

  3. UAVisuals on May 23, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Nicely done mate!

  4. Patrick Guerrisi on May 23, 2021 at 2:51 am

    question. How do authorities know you cant see it?

  5. Burning Up Dust on May 23, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Shame about the national park thing so many interesting features to fly around

  6. Peter Turner on May 23, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Your question about flying at night that you need Vlos ( visual line of sight ) right . Well there are led on propellers which is highly visible can I use that as vlos

  7. Steve Ji on May 23, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Great video! Very clear explanation! One question: could you please introduce a little bit about flying a drone for commercially? Thanks.

  8. Brisbane Park Flyers on May 23, 2021 at 3:00 am

    If you live in Brisbane QLD Brisbane park flyers have just been awarded 10 council drone zone parks where the public can fly there drone from a council park 2kg weight limit. Morton bay city council has also opened a drone park in the last few weeks. AMAS and MAAQ members are covered for PL insurance in all these parks. cost around $50 per year
    You can find all the info on the council website.

  9. amisoftau on May 23, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Nice summary of the requirements, thanks. I’d like to stress that drone (and RC aircraft and RC copter) flying is, based on current history, an extremely safe occupation and sport to become involved in. Sadly the media would have everyone believe otherwise. Manned aircraft kill thousands of people every year, but so far no one has ever been killed by a sports drone or RC aircraft. To that extent, there really is NO safety issue that needs addressing, so that heavy regulation of such sporting activities, as seems to be occurring worldwide, must be attributed to other motivations (money/control/tax revenue?).

    There is a wonderful new related sport called FPV (first person view) that is growing like wild fire world wide, in much the same way that skate boarding did some decades ago. FPV via video goggles and an onboard video transmitter, places the pilot IN the vehicle to fly the aircraft visually. It is very exciting and rewarding, much like a video game – but for real. Experienced FPV pilots will explain how it is also a much safer method for control of the aircraft, compared to observation from a distance – as with traditional LOS (line of sight) control.

    It’s nice that (from reading the comments) CASA is not addressing the "privacy" issue, as that is very much a misnomer.. There’s no such thing these days.. check all the "security" camera’s in your average city for instance – and most of those also monitored by the Chinese! Lol. And there’s no privacy in the suburbs either, anyone can look over you fence, anytime.

    It’s sad however that currently, CASA appear to be 1) making night sport flying illegal – Night RC flying can be very enjoyable and safely conducted quite easily by anyone so motivated; 2) CASA appear to be making FPV flying illegal. That’s completely unacceptable of course – the devotees of the FPV sport will simply hope that the regulators will some day catch up with current and popular sporting activities. In the mean time it’s only reasonable to see the regulators as the problem, and the danger there is that ALL their regulations are liable to go out the window – with the unreasonable ones.

  10. Ferdsigner on May 23, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Mate, please, do a video about FPV’s and how to be able to fly them, how to get a license. And so on…

    And no worries about being more than 2m haha

    Cheers, amazing video btw

  11. Land and Lore Photograph Off Road Adventures on May 23, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Most of these rules have been in place since the late 70s when I first started flying RC but I must admit I never new about the National parks rule.

  12. Kiki Lang on May 23, 2021 at 3:02 am

    How do you keep a line of sight with goggles on? Do you mean hypothedical line of sight?

  13. Greg Trainor on May 23, 2021 at 3:04 am

    The 120 metre height restriction only applies in controlled airspace. Visit to find airspace designation.

  14. Sean Keish on May 23, 2021 at 3:04 am

    Hey Gday guys! We’re a Drone virtual store operating in Australia! Please visit to view all our Drone products. Cheers (y)

  15. shannon hartnett on May 23, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I don’t have access to the can I fly there app as it has retired but on air maps app I have a massive blue section where I live and have a required notam and special use air space William Town air base advisories im new to all this what does that mean?

  16. ilovemonika on May 23, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I like your books collection ^_^

  17. Gerhard Steinfelder on May 23, 2021 at 3:07 am

    I think you will find the 300m marine animal thing is for manned aircraft.

  18. Nick Powell Photography on May 23, 2021 at 3:07 am

    I am due to travel to Perth on Monday, and this video was really useful! I did email the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for Western Australia, and they emailed back to say this….

    "Thank you for your application to fly a remotely piloted aircraft in WA’s national parks and other conservation reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. There is no longer a requirement for you to apply for this activity if it is for recreational purposes (non-commercial)."

    I am also a bit confused by the Can I Fly There app with regards to the 5.5km radius around helipads and small airstrips. It says that if you are within 5.5km, then you can’t take off, then in the next paragraph it goes on to say that if you are flying and you spot a helicopter etc then you have to land…. So does that mean that I can or can’t fly? Would be good if I could, as there are TONS of them around, and it pretty much rules out flying anywhere. HA HA!

    I would really appreciate a reply if you have time, and thanks again for this great video. 🙂

  19. Gun Pilot on May 23, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Just some points of clarification:

    1. CASA do not address Privacy in any of their regs in CASR Part 101 and have are on the record as saying it is not up to them to regulate of enforce privacy issues.

    2. The max altitude a drone is allowed to fly is 400ft (121.9 metres) and that is measured from the point directly under the drone at any time of the flight. It IS NOT the altitude that is displayed on your drone controller telemetry. For example if you take off from the top of a 100ft cliff and fly to 400 ft altitude and then fly out over the cliff then you are in breach of the 400ft reg as your drone is now at an altitude of 500ft. This one catches out most flyers.

    3. The 30 metres radius separation between people and the drone other than the drone operator also applies to property of people such as houses, vehicles etc. As long as Commercial operators abide by all the extra criteria set out by CASA they may be permitted to fly up to but no closer than 15 metres of persons and/or property.

    4. As well, another catch that most flyers do not know is that that 30 metres is HORIZONTAL separation. Where people are caught out is that they think that if they are 100 metres overhead then they are more than 30 metres from people. If they are within a 30 metre radius of a person or property (eg car) from the point directly under the drone at ANY altitude then they are again in breach of the regs. Think about it…where is the drone going to fall if it ceases to fly for any reason eg throws a prop, battery connection lost etc.

    5. The 300 metres separation rule for sea mammals, while correct, is NOT a CASA regulation – it is a state by state regulation (they all stipulate the 300 metre rule). Eg; in NSW the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 protects marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, and seals while allowing people to appreciate them in the wild.

    6. The ban on flying RPAs at night is a blanket ban for Recreational drone flyers and CASA do not stipulate any particular reason eg; loss of VLOS. You can only legally fly a drone at night if you have a REPL and are flying under your or another companies REOC, the operation is for commercial purposes, the REOC holders operations manual lays out the way they mitigate night flying safety issues and CASA have been approached and provided a permit.

    7. Flying in National Parks is again not regulated by CASA but by each individual Australian state’s NP departments. Some states dictate that you will need to obtain written approval (good luck with that one!) while at least one has a complete ban (Tasmania). However, in Queensland you CAN fly a drone in a NP, here is an excerpt from the regs re each state:
    "Queensland – the most open and deregulated of the lot.
    For recreational purposes you do not need a permit to use a drone in Queensland’s National Parks as long as it weighs under 2kg, there are less than 10 people involved in the film shoot (i.e. the crew) and no buildings or structures are being filmed.
    In short – No pre-arrangement required. Be safe, be sensible and have fun."

    However, the fine print stipulates that while you are not permitted to operate a drone in a NP (except without either a written approval or in QLD), this means that you are not allowed to conduct takeoffs or landings within the NP’s boundaries. If you takeoff and land outside the NP’s boundary and just overfly the NP you are NOT breaching any rules. Think about it….normal aircraft overfly NPs all the time – they are just not allowed to land/takeoff inside the park.

    Post Script…. the comment posted by Greg Trainor a mth ago that states that the 120 metre rule only applies in controlled airspace was true up to when the new revision of the regs was published by CASA in Oct 2017. Now it a maximum 400ft (121.9 metres) in ALL airspaces.

    Hope these points of clarification assist you to fly safely and legally

  20. Les McQueen on May 23, 2021 at 3:10 am

    This may be a dumb question, but the 120 meters max altitude, is that relative to my position or to sea level?

  21. The_ Architect on May 23, 2021 at 3:10 am

    I didn’t know about flying drones at night and the line of sight rule

  22. bellamycmr on May 23, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Informative video. Thanks.

  23. Andy Villaveces on May 23, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Hey Man U paused the timer, wow

  24. Ismael Caxnajoy on May 23, 2021 at 3:13 am

    news 2021?

  25. light on May 23, 2021 at 3:14 am

    i live in australia im born in dandenong

  26. Wee Liam Tai on May 23, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for the info and i just recently bought a drone. Just a quick question as i google some new info it says that we have to apply for permit now is that true?

  27. Crownleyian on May 23, 2021 at 3:16 am

    So you can’t fly FPV in Australia?

  28. Ana Samaniego on May 23, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this information. Awesome work! Thank you.

  29. S K on May 23, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Ian byeing X demo drone from Ted’s camras they say I can re-registered how do I do the that ?

  30. Nicholas Elj on May 23, 2021 at 3:20 am

    Why does everyone these days need an intro. Skippppp good video regardless

  31. Antonio Levchenko on May 23, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Great video, thanks for usefull information!

  32. LifeDownUnder on May 23, 2021 at 3:23 am

    As always remember to use common sense and fly safe.

    If you’re unsure about anything, please visit for clarification.

  33. Stephen Greene on May 23, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for your advice mate, cheers

  34. DansTube.TV on May 23, 2021 at 3:25 am

    This was an extremely informative video! Nice work, I have subscribed 🙂

  35. The _traveller on May 23, 2021 at 3:25 am

    why it not able to find that app in app store?

  36. Pitt Bull on May 23, 2021 at 3:25 am

    hay mate y do u try so hard to chenj ur voice lol

  37. Daniel Radloff on May 23, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Just wondering, do I have to register a drone such as the DJI Mavic Mini if it’s under 249g in Australia?
    If so, how much would it cost?

  38. jrmaxey2012 on May 23, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for the informative video.
    Just wondering can you recommend an insurer its difficult to find a good one?

  39. WeberGoogle on May 23, 2021 at 3:29 am

    In under 2 minutes…the vid goes for 4:26. By the way it starts at 1:50 folks thanks, nice video.

  40. Jared Neaves on May 23, 2021 at 3:31 am

    so no goggle fpv racing in australia… that sucks

  41. SkyDroneAdventures on May 23, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Great video, cheers

  42. Ken Lopossa on May 23, 2021 at 3:34 am

    In Americer we’ll be getting that test too but not from DJI but FAA

  43. Droneas gr on May 23, 2021 at 3:34 am

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  44. mark dyson on May 23, 2021 at 3:35 am

    just wondering if you and your mate were flying and standing together. Can you fly at the same time and land within a 10m box around you? But keep the 30m rule around people?

  45. Rizeman_tv on May 23, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Hey i dont know if i am able to fly my malvic mini at a park in my suburb?

  46. NieNieBom on May 23, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Great Video! May i know as a tourist, can i bring my drone to Australia? or do i need to ask for approval from them

  47. Book Brain on May 23, 2021 at 3:40 am

    What is the best way to obtain a drone licence ( commercial )? Cheaper the better.
    Thanks heaps for the rules break down!

  48. metallic rock on May 23, 2021 at 3:42 am

    so i cant fly the dji mini out to its max distance of 4km?

  49. Lena Jon on May 23, 2021 at 3:45 am

    great video – love your work =)

  50. Fallon Chan on May 23, 2021 at 3:45 am

    Great collection of info!

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