Flying a Drone Commercially In Australia

This helpful explainer video from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) explains the requirements for being able to fly a drone commercially.

Many people don’t know that to be able to fly a drone commercially in Australia, their are a number of rules and conditions that must be adhered to. Operators must be accredited by CASA, and in addition:

You must:

  • only fly one drone at a time
  • always fly your drone in visual line-of-sight — this means: flying only during the day; avoid flying through cloud, fog or smoke; you can always see your drone with your own eyes — not by using goggles, binoculars or another device; not flying behind obstacles that stop you from always seeing your drone. For example, trees, buildings or other structures.

You must not fly your drone:

  • higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level — that’s about the height of a 35-storey building or length of a football field
  • closer than 30 m to people — other than those helping to control or navigate your drone
  • over or above people at any time or height
  • in a way that creates a hazard to another person, property or aircraft
  • near emergency operations
  • in prohibited or restricted airspace (use a CASA-verified drone safety app to help you)
  • closer than 5.5 km to a controlled airport, which usually has a control tower, if your drone weighs more than 250 g. You can operate indoors provided the drone can’t get out of the building. If you’re a ReOC holder, please see more information on flight authorisations.

For more information you visit the CASA website, or if you’re interested in using drone footage, get in touch with us.

For more information you can visit the CASA website, or if you’re interested in using drone footage, see our drone product, SiteView