Drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), are seeing a rapid rise in use across Australia. Technological development is enabling more, diverse applications of drones, from agriculture, to infrastructure inspections, to food delivery. The department is working to support the safe growth of drones for both commercial and recreational purposes and will soon release an issues paper that is the first step in developing a whole of government policy to manage these emerging technologies.

The department is also conducting a review into the regulation of drone noise. You can find out more about the review at Noise Regulation for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)—Drones

To learn about the current rules and regulations for operating drones please visit CASA's Know Your Drone site

For information on the applicability of privacy laws to drones, please contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner