CASA is the governing body over drone rules in Australia.
We provide an easy to read, up to date, version of the information on this page. However, if you want to read the fine details yourself, be sure to head over to CASA.GOV.AU
Australia’s Drone laws depend on whether you’re flying for fun (recreationally) or for money (commercially).
If you are flying a drone for money, you should visit our COMMERCIAL DRONE RULES page.
If you are flying a drone for fun, here’s everything you need to know.
You must only fly during the day, not at night.
You must only fly by visual line of sight (VLOS)-close enough to see, maintain orientation and achieve accurate flight and tracking.
You must fly no higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.
You must not fly any closer than 30 metres from other people.
You must not fly in a prohibited area or in a restricted area without the permission of the responsible authority.
You must not fly over populous areas, such as beaches, parks and sporting ovals. The risk to life, safety and property depends not only on the density of people and property in an area but also the flying height and the likelihood of injury or damage should something go wrong with the RPA.
You must not fly within 5.5 kilometres (3 nautical miles) of a controlled aerodrome-one with an operating control tower.
You must not fly in the area of a public safety operation without the approval of a person in charge of the emergency response. This includes situations such as a car crash or any police, firefighting or search and rescue operations.
You must only fly one RPA at a time.
If you do not obey these standard operating conditions, a member of the public may make a report against you.