The challenges of flying a drone in Australia – watch this before buying a drone

Flying a drone is a lot of fun but before you get one you need to understand a few things about flying a drone in Australia. All the cool footage you see in the DJI adverts are not allowed in Australia so make sure you check out this video before buying your first drone.

You can find some rules about flying a drone in Australia below.

You can download the CAN I FLY THERE app below.

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  1. One Drone Pilot on October 20, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    30m away…! lol 😂 I fly stoned everyday… check my vids…! 😂
    I threw a drone off mount tambourine.. STONED OFF MY FACE..!

  2. SoundsLikeCrisps on October 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Victorian parks are no fly zones for recreational RPAs 🙁 And even once you have that fancy CASA certification you still need to give two weeks notice and $100+ for the application fee.
    Bit ridiculous.

  3. rickkmurray on October 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve taken a look into it. It’s not as bad as I thought. Using the app I live in Brisbane city. So long as I fly safely and out of the red zones (on the map) and follow the restricted area rules it should be all good.

  4. Glen Coughlan on October 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Australia was once a prison settlement – nothings changed – its the premier kill joy ban everything country on this planet. Everything here is basically illegal, prohibited or can be theorised that way. The fine and penalty country of the year.

  5. infinightsky on October 20, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Lol Australia is such a boring place

  6. Its_ Car1os on October 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    This isn’t how the rules work you can fly the drone over people with there consent that’s how it works

  7. Geoff Greig on October 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    As other have said you have to read the very confusing legislation:

    BUT, the legislation only applies where the the authority, CASA has jurisdiction. They dont have jurisdiction inside buildings because that is NOT airspace. Although its difficult to find ther definition of airspace. Inside building ther could be other authorities involved. But inside your own home that authority is you. So you can fly as close to another person as you like, in your own home. So, this not allowed to fly within 30 metres of a person, has a exceptions to it, as above as well as other exceptions.

    Considering, so far, not one person has been ever killed by a non military drone, yet people are killed every day by cars, perhaps they should apply the 30 meter rule to cars and remove it from drones.

  8. Ray's Drones on October 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Good ol Aus.having fun is illegal

  9. That is Surprising on October 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Change gps settings on your phone for another city/country and fly wherever you want

  10. Frederick Malouf on October 20, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks, man. I have just completed my RePL and did not know about the wildlife. Isn’t the amber area on Can I Fly There OK, so long as you stay 30m away and under 400ft? As an example Waverley Park?

  11. Filip laskovski on October 20, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    U forgot to mention the 120 meters of altitude is a fucking joke
    I’m still buying a Mavic mini tho

  12. Andrew Oliver on October 20, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I’m confused , thinking of buying one of these however I live in a no fly zone too
    So you are saying it physically won’t start in these areas ??

  13. Dana Jennings on October 20, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Had a Phantom 3 and now have a Mavic. Hundreds of hours of vid and lots of fun, use the CASA app and do the right thing. It’s really not that hard guys, stop whinging go and do it.

  14. Bailey Alchin on October 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Question, besides them actually coming up to you like the ranger how would they know?

  15. Michael Tyers on October 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    This is the story of how CASA regulations were written:

    Someone with a private helicopter and $150,000 worth of camera equipment noticed some drone footage on YouTube.

    They rang up their mates in the Liberal party and complained because the drones might have been able to compete directly with them.

    The drone regulations were written.

    The end.

  16. Wayne S on October 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    drones under 2kg are hobby so casa have rules like the 30m from people and so on, if you want to fly over or in populus areas and venues you will need to get the Repl license and get permission as long as it is for hobby you should be good, if your making a business out of it then more licenses or association to company with appropriate licence is needed. as long as you are a reasonable human like this guy doing the video which I thank you for. if you do fly irresponsibly then you get what you deserve but also make it harder for the average guy just wanting some fun
    use the app, use your brain, keep it fun and safe and you should be ok until they change the goal posts again.

  17. Cj Stenning on October 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Is is mad, what is the point of selling drones here if there is hardly anywhere to fly it, plus ridiculously stupid laws like not being able to fly it close to FRIENDS. 🇦🇺👍

  18. Land and Lore Photograph Off Road Adventures on October 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Most of the rules are not any real problem and have been in place long before any drones were even around, the only one I did not know about until just recently is the National Parks rule, I can understand if there was a fire in the area but other than that I see it as no more than a money grab. Will make it hard for me to get videos of doing some 4WDing and stuff and I bet getting permission will be a near impossible task.

  19. Taleb Elmaneh on October 20, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    You sure you’re from Australia and not Austria?

  20. NoChannelChannel on October 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Now repeat after me "we are free"

  21. Mozzed Video and Photography on October 20, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    This is why so many industries are destroyed in Australia. Way over regulated

  22. Shannon Hartnett on October 20, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Every true Australian will breake some of these rules no matter what the stupid law states Aussies like myself are rebellious to crap like that I think a safe distance is 5-10 metres away from a person or animal is safice enough most wild animals will run away way before you could even get that close anyway

  23. Stuart on October 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Speeding is illegal as well yet we all do it😂😂😂fly away….

  24. Kalika Putra on October 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    The rule about being 30 Meyers from friends is wrong. You can be close to friends but 30 meters away from others outside of your group….unless you get their consent after explaining what you are doing.

  25. OGtalks on October 20, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    We live in the most over-regulated country in the world , in every aspect or scenario possible .. one guy makes a mistake with a drone , then they pass laws that ruin it for everyone else ..
    it’s actually disturbing , the way our government treats us like children . There are way too many crazy laws down here ! I’m bloody sick of it !!

  26. jclaudeXX on October 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    I have tried to get permission to fly in a national park without success , i fly FPV as long somebody is here to keep line of sight , lots of rules, i guess they are needed but sometimes a bit of leniency would be appreciated

  27. Fleming Richard on October 20, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Not sure how it works in Australia, but as far as doing those shots with your friends that you talked about…I believe "participants" are excluded from the rule about not flying over people or within 30 meters of them, at least in the U.S.

  28. Filming Australia on October 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    it accually you can do all the stuff this guy said

  29. thepretenda on October 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm


  30. Gareth Squidy Collins on October 20, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I honestly wish I’d seen this video before I bought a drone a few days ago. Likely taking it back today because its next to impossible to fly anywhere. I agree with the rules for safety etc as I wouldn’t want someone getting hurt, but if it means I cant launch anywhere it will just sit on my shelf so back to the shop it goes.

  31. Luke Mason on October 20, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Can you make a video saying the places we can fly in?

  32. John Smith on October 20, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Bullshit mate , you can fly over people, and national parks and you don’t get fined

  33. Kalani W on October 20, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    I live right near a National Park and there’s planes that fly over quite high.

  34. Layman_42 on October 20, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Am I the only one who knows all the rules and regulations of airspace and flying drones in Australia but still breaks them anyways.

  35. Todd Bone on October 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    The CASA app is a good reference but not the total green light. For instance , I live in Logan Council area in South Brisbane and the CASA app gives the Ok to fly on most areas however the council themselves forbids the launching of Drones from any Public space or Council Park . Which leaves private property like your house except no I have neighbours closer than 30metres and it’s a populous area. So unless you live on acreage your buggered. So don’t assume the Casa app tells the whole story …

  36. Barry Maskell on October 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Every Stralian owns several drones we just don’t fly them

  37. gareth5000 on October 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I’m just about to pay 1780, second fine. They trawled through my yt channel and looked for dodgy videos.

  38. David Radloff on October 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    This Was soooooo helpful, thank you!

  39. frankus54 on October 20, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Everything to do with any form of flying in Australia is massively over regulated.

  40. Mike's Man Cave on October 20, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    You really need to educate yourself, you got most of this stuff wrong, simply because you don’t really understand the rules.

  41. Sammy on October 20, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Can we leave our drone on the display cabinet in our house on display or that is not allowed either ?
    Unbelievable !
    Why sell them for if too strict for everything ?
    Stupid rules and regulations for having fun in not harming anyone !

  42. Bruce Smith on October 20, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for that, l was going to buy a drone but not any more. You just saved me 2,500 dollars.

  43. Ser Wombles on October 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    freaking nanny state

  44. John Smith on October 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    So don’t come here

  45. edstar83 on October 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    No fly zone? I fly my tiny whoop inside my house. Rebel for life.

  46. Grant's Gaming YT on October 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Just want to let you all know the casa can i fly there app is no longer working. Open skys is the new app for drone flying

  47. Farming Life Australia on October 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    You need to go back to where you came from.

  48. heredownunder on October 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    People don’t seem to care. I see a lot of Australian drone shots which do not follow the rules.

  49. Mind Refreshments on October 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I just bought a drone, means I have wasted fricking $2600, what a waste of money.

  50. Andy Hawkins on October 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    easy fuck dji. the only people who have ever told to me not fly

    were old ladies who had no business at the park 🙂

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