Unmanned Aircraft, such as drones and rockets, can pose a serious hazard to aircraft operators. 

Unmanned aircraft may not be operated within 3 nautical miles (5.5 km) of Jandakot Airport without approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in consultation with Airservices Australia. Information on the process for approval is available at https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia 

In addition, it is illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft for commercial hire or reward (including advertising and uploading videos to YouTube) unless the operator has an unmanned operator's certificate covering that type of operation - see https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/get-your-operator-credentials/operator-accreditation for further information.



CASA has released a new dedicated drone safety site www.droneflyer.gov.au

This site contains a virtual assistant which provides information about common questions about drones such as flying drones near airports, altitudes and restricted airspace and licenses. 

Be safe this Summer – Know Your Drone

In August 2019, CASA unveiled a new look website for people who fly drones for fun. The Know Your Drone website is easier and quicker to navigate and includes the latest news and information about Australia's recreational drone safety rules.  

Chat with CASA

CASA recently launched a new virtual assistant for drone flyers. The assistant appears at the bottom right hand corner on the drone-related pages of our website. It can answer simple questions like 'How high can I fly my drone?' or 'Where can I fly my drone?', through to more complex scenarios such as ‘Do I need a drone licence?’. Since July 2019, its had more than 2700 conversations and answered more than 2300 drone flyers questions first go. It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Whether you’re a recreational or commercial drone flyer, CASA-verified drone safety apps provide customised location-based information about where you can and can't fly your drone, in accordance with aviation legislation. OpenSky is the first CASA-verified drone safety app to be released and it’s now available for use. You can download the mobile app or use the web-based version.  OpenSky replaces the 'Can I fly there?' app which has now been decommissioned.

Test your knowledge

CASA recently tested the knowledge of recreational drone flyers in Australia. The results were surprising! Just over half of the participants correctly identified the drone safety rules. Drones are fun, and by following the rules, we can all enjoy the air together. Breaking the rules can land you in trouble – you can be fined or even taken to Court. So, before you fly, make sure you’re up to date on the latest rules.  Test your knowledge by clicking here.

If you fly – they can't

As bushfires continue to threaten homes and towns across Australia, this is a timely reminder that flying your drone near emergencies can cause major safety risks to response teams, both in the air and on the ground. Fines of up to $10,500 can be issued for flying anywhere near bushfires while emergency operations are underway. Creating a hazard to firefighting aircraft can also result in two years jail. For more information, click here.