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.

National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies

To enable and facilitate the rapid technology advancements in drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the Australian Government has released a National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies for industry and broader stakeholder consultation.

This paper is the first step towards development of a national policy for the management of drones and other emerging aviation technologies. The paper identifies key opportunities and risks associated with these technologies, outlines some of the current approaches for managing these issues and proposes broad future policy directions.

The intention of the paper is to be the starting point for ongoing discussion and collaboration between government, industry and the broader community to develop a comprehensive national policy that will allow Australia to benefit from the considerable opportunities provided by emerging aviation technologies whilst effectively managing the risks and impacts associated with their use.

The public and industry are invited to provide comments and submissions on the issues paper to drones@infrastructure.gov.au or to GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601. Submissions are due by 31 October 2020.

All submissions will be published on this website, unless marked ‘Confidential’.

  • National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies PDF: 2139 KB ReadSpeaker

Drone Links

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