Drone Privacy Guidelines for Public Consultation

We are seeking feedback on privacy guidelines which will help drone users and the community to understand the privacy impacts of drones, encouraging drone use that is in line with community expectations.

Why we want your input

With the rise in commercial and recreational drone use, it is increasingly important that drones are operated within the community’s reasonable expectation of privacy, including in line with relevant laws that may apply to drone use.

How you can voice your opinion

After reading the draft guidelines linked below, clicking the ‘have your say’ button will lead you to multiple fields to fill out and provide your feedback by Friday 11 August 2023. You can also email us at drones@infrastructure.gov.au.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Feedback from this public consultation will inform the final version of the guidelines document, planned for release in 2023.

The Issue

When flying drones, it is important to respect privacy and we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to understand safe and considerate drone use that is in line with community expectations, whether flying recreationally or for business.

The Privacy Guidelines for drone use bring together information about relevant legislation to provide drone users with a set of easy to follow measures to enable them to operate drones in line with the community’s reasonable expectations of privacy. In some cases, existing privacy laws refer to drone use, but others are more general. The Guidelines aim to assist drone operators to understand existing and best practice privacy obligations when using drones. The intention is not to impose any additional obligations.

The draft Guidelines include 6 Drone Privacy Principles (DPPs), underpinned by existing Commonwealth, state and territory provisions relating to privacy and surveillance devices. The DPPs include guidance on how they apply to commercial and recreational drone operators.

The draft Guidelines also aim to be a resource to educate and inform the community on what is and isn’t privacy considerate drone use and the steps they can take to find out more, or report their concerns.

The draft Guidelines have been developed through targeted engagement and consultation with state and territory governments and industry. The Guidelines and DPPs are not meant to be exhaustive, but a way to inform drone users and the community of best practice privacy considerate drone use, within existing legal settings.

For more information, visit the Drone Privacy Policy page at drones.gov.au.

Relevant documentation

Submissions to be sent to: drones@infrastructure.gov.au or through the ‘Have your say’ feature.


28 Jun 2023 10:00 AEST
11 Aug 2023 17:00 AEST
This consultation is closed.