Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

The growth in emerging aviation technologies such as drones, remotely piloted aircraft, advanced air mobility and electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles is creating opportunities for new jobs and services.

The main forms of emerging aviation technologies operating in Australia are drones and eVTOLs.

A drone is, broadly speaking, a small unmanned aircraft, primarily used for recreational purposes, to deliver small packages and to monitor situations, ranging from cattle on a farm to uncontained bushfire.

eVTOLs are electric vertical take-off and landing craft, larger than drones, often operating without wings. They have a greater range and capacity than drones and, consequently, more varied uses, such as undertaking tasks that require longer airtime and, eventually, as air taxis.

The emerging aviation technologies industry is expected to deliver a $14.5 billion boost to Australia’s economy and support 5500 jobs annually over the next 20 years.

Australians are making use of these new technologies in increasingly innovative ways to reduce the burden of everyday business tasks; saving time, money and reducing risks to people and property.

There are also community concerns associated with their use, relating to privacy, noise, safety and potential environmental impacts.

Find out how the department is supporting emerging aviation technologies, while addressing the community’s legitimate concerns, below.