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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 Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Statement

On 6 May 2021, the Australian Government released the National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Statement as part of the Digital Economy Strategy 2021-22. The policy statement sets out how Government will support individuals, businesses and industry to adopt new and emerging digital aviation technology.

As part of the policy statement, the Government has committed to a range of whole-of-government initiatives that will create a scalable, efficient and adaptable operational ecosystem for emerging technologies. These initiatives include development of Australia’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management system, regulatory modernization and providing industry support.

  • National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Statement PDF: 4272 KB ReadSpeaker

A key initiative of the policy statement is establishment of the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships program. More information can be found on the EATP page.

Drone Links

The department has conducted 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.