Quick Guide Drone Laws and Drone Registration in Australia

Quick Guide Drone Laws and Drone Registration in Australia

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Since I’ve been talking about drone rules and future regulations in some of my previous videos I thought it might worthwhile to make a video to help and guide travelers know what the current drone rules are Australia and quickly cover off the potential drone registration that will occur in the near future. At this stage drone registration has not been finalised by CASA yet.

Remember do check out the CASA website as the rules gets reviewed and updated periodically.

Here’s a quick rundown of the drones rules here in Australia –

– You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above the ground

– You must not fly your drone within 30 metres of people, unless the other person is part of controlling or navigating the drone

– You must fly only one drone at a time

– You must only fly during the day and keep your drone within visual line-of sight.

– You must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person, or property

– You must not operate your drone in prohibited or restricted areas.

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39 Comments

  1. Sam Maher on November 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Registration For Free In Australia! Need it for drone law like trespassing, hijacking, reckless fighting etc…..

  2. Notechis on November 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Hello there, very nice and informative video 👍. Nevertheless, I’ve some very important questions, from my point of view tho and sorry for this long post 😉.
    I’m just a touri in Australia, traveling through Aussie since many years but next year, 2021, it’ll be the first time taking a drone with me. It’ll be a dji mavic mini and a dji mavic air 2. However, the most important question therfore is, do I have to register my drones BEFORE entering Australia? Even though my drones are already registered in my home country (Austria/Europe)?
    I don’t want to get in troubles at the airport….

    Some other questions:
    1. I downloaded the AirMap app but it’s a bit confusing. Eg. regarding Sydney, of course the Opera house, bridge, botanic garden, the rocks and so on, all stunning areas, in particular for taking aerial footage but, the app is showing me eg the area around the opera house as yellow, not red.
    Does it mean that it’s permitted to fly a drone there, eg the mavic mini or air2, of course in compliance with the legal requirements as 30m to people, not higher than 120m and so on….??
    And
    2. Of course I’ll visit some ntp, again 😉, such as the Kakadu, Litchfield, Purnululu and so on. Is flying drones prohibited in any ntp or just in some specific ones?

    I’m very looking forward to hearing from you and thx for the videos, keep going 👍.
    Cheers and greetings from Vienna.

  3. Ken Bruce on November 16, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Dennis Great point, do you have many malfunctions?

  4. Barry Maskell on November 16, 2021 at 10:02 am

    In Victoria (the Nanny State) – everything is illegal except for abortion, public drunkenness, gambling and sport (footnote – however the Melbourne cup could soon be illegal as it involves animals which can get hurt)

  5. carlos gomez on November 16, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Hello Dennis , I want to buy a mini mavic to use in east suburbs in Sydney. Do I need a licensed or an especial permission to flight it . I have known that its weight is less that 250 grams, this rule has changed? Thanks

  6. PEDRO SARABIA on November 16, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Good morning my friend

  7. Chris Durrer on November 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Hi Dennis, I’ve been diving into hours of FPV freestyle drones. Suddenly i thought to look into Australian laws on FPV. Its saying no. 😤😭 Is there any situation where I can get permission to fly a quad drone fpv? If yes, can you give details what the cost and time it takes to get the licensing? Then how would you ask permission. Sorry for all the questions? I’m sure you would be getting these questions a lot! Maybe do a video on it? lol 😬Thank you so much!

  8. Kevin Masters on November 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Hey, great video – I was wondering if flying in a suburban area (outside my home) possible? With Covid-19 lockdowns in place, I cannot really go anywhere so is flying above my house where I can still see it with my own eyes legal?

  9. Barry Maskell on November 16, 2021 at 10:08 am

    The rules In Stralia are simple – You can buy as many drones as you like but you cannot fly your drones

  10. Santosh Shrestha on November 16, 2021 at 10:08 am

    I just bought a Dji mavic 2 pro yesterday. I want to fly it. Do I need to register it ? i am just confused. If yes then how can i register it. I am too excited to fly it

  11. Seize the Day on November 16, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Hi this is a great video! Thank you. I have a question about commercial flying with sub 2kg. Should you tell CASA before you fly every single time if you are vlogger and make monetised video and shoot only few minute footage for part of video?

  12. Peter Forsgård on November 16, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Sounds like the same kind of regulations that are going to be in EU-countries next year. Those rules are common sense. I agree that the registeration fee is a bit too much. What about if a tourist wants to fly his or her drone in Australia? You mentioned something about it.

  13. Ken Bruce on November 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Dont fly around air craft and national parks. What about your own home in a built up area…

  14. Tod Davis on November 16, 2021 at 10:21 am

    The CASA regulations aren’t the problem, the real issue is the local council regulations

  15. Focus 58 on November 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

    would i need a licence for the dji mavic mini?

  16. Ahmad Akkad on November 16, 2021 at 10:23 am

    So is drone fishing allowed?
    And how do we use the opensky app?
    Thanks

  17. Kwikflikz Yak ADVENTURES on November 16, 2021 at 10:24 am

    What about the Sub 250gm Drone regs, no need to register?

  18. Megs on November 16, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Hey Dennis I live in Hobart Tasmania, I filmed this from Rose Bay near the Tasman bridge area and it has been suggested it is a drone, one nice man thinks it going out of focus but it’s not, it’s spinning and disappearing,, if you see this msg, you are the perfect person to ask 🙂🙏🙏🙏🙏,, and I have a few flying objects on YouTube I just uploaded, if you get this and get time, I would so appreciate it if you could give me a professional opinion, ps, I love the end of you video 😄😄😀✌🙋‍♀️.
    https://youtu.be/jB22AAx9IBs

  19. Ken Bruce on November 16, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Ha Dennis just looked at the rules, I understand that you can still take your drone off from your house in a built-up area, fly over other people’s houses as long as you can see it. This is not breaking the law is that your understanding of it?

  20. Ken Bruce on November 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Hi Dennis, I am coming at it from the point of view I need the practice. Driving down to a park takes a lot of time and I have a family to run. The drone thing stresses me out I have to get it right. There is a lot to learn especially the camera. Getting on the roof and flying over to a mates house is fun, however I don’t want to break the law.

  21. Ya Mate Jay on November 16, 2021 at 10:33 am

    2:23 – Is this a law specifically for drones? because you don’t need consent to take video or photos of people providing you (the camera and person) are in a public place. There are few exceptions to this such as a public toilet or shower or if they’re indecent or nude.

  22. KGB on November 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I’m 13 and I own a mini is it legal

  23. Dennis Chua on November 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    What are the drone laws in your country? Is it similar to Australia?

  24. Wayne Riesterer on November 16, 2021 at 10:36 am

    What’s the value for them? $20 or $160 😀 A lot of work goes into what CASA & Air Services do and I guess it helps fund their operations and buy some beer for the Christmas windup. It is a pain though. I typically skydive and fly paragliders and all the membership fees and other costs end up being quite expensive. I wish they had one "Aviator Membership" and cap the cost of being involved with all manner of flying things. Aghhh…maybe one day, one magical day.

  25. War robots guy on November 16, 2021 at 10:37 am

    This really helped me get my licence

  26. Stephen and Janaka on November 16, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Loving that glitch transition for your intro! Sending some sub love from Canada 🙂

  27. bigbowlowrong on November 16, 2021 at 10:39 am

    What sort of drone license do I need to watch my neighbour shower through her bathroom window?

  28. GUYVER GAMING on November 16, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Would you have to register mavic mini 2 in Australia?

  29. Ozak Originals on November 16, 2021 at 10:43 am

    If you happen to follow the basic rules of drone flying outlined by CASA under 2.5kg catagory, can you use the footage to upload to various social media platforms? Especially FB and Youtube.

  30. tHe MaD hAtTeR on November 16, 2021 at 10:46 am

    thank you

  31. Ryet9 on November 16, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Fly ur Drone listening to Dre 😁

  32. JustDomP on November 16, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Can u sell drone vids?

  33. iam_BLAZR on November 16, 2021 at 10:48 am

    my guy has the strangest accent ive ever heard its like austraysian haha. not that its bad, just interesting.

  34. Jaystarz2000 gaming on November 16, 2021 at 10:48 am

    My issue I hate rules, laws and change. CASA needs to fuck off everyone’s rights and freedom. Australia is shit. If you all want to fight for your freedom and rights then we all need to fight for them together it is everyone’s decision to fight a civil war to live or die fighting for our rights and Australia has stripped rights away from the past and still are stripping everyone from their rights and freedom today if it has to come down to a war then let’s all start a war together to fight back our rights and freedom.

  35. Ser Wombles on November 16, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Australia is such a Nanny state

  36. Ken Bruce on November 16, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I have a Mavic air.

  37. Filip laskovski on November 16, 2021 at 10:55 am

    What about the Mavic mini bro does that bypass any regulations ???

  38. kenny lam on November 16, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Immediate nope the moment the ask for money. Fk that, a drone already cost way too much and another $20 for what?

  39. John Gilmore on November 16, 2021 at 10:56 am

    $20 in Australia typical $5 in America the Australian Government love bleeding us for money or ruin a good thing and tax it..Australia really sucks now!

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