Folks, it’s official, if you’re flying a drone for business purposes or as part of your job, registration is mandatory in Australia. We know, it seems like just another annoyance, but registering your drone isn’t actually a difficult or long-winded process. In fact, it’s quick and easy and can be done online! Here’s how…
How do I register a drone in Australia?
- To register a drone in Australia, you must be 16 years old or older.
- You will need to register for a myCASA account to process your registration.
- Registration requires proof of identity (Australian passport, birth certificate, ImmiCard, etc.).
- You will need an aviation reference number (ARN).
- Have these details about your drone handy when you go to register: make, model, serial number, weight and type of drone.
- A Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card will be required for any payments needed.
Once you go through the registration process, you simply download your certificate of registration via your myCASA account. That’s all there is to it!
Is there a registration fee?
If your drone weighs 500g or less, no registration fee applies, however, if your drone weighs more than 500g, you will be required to pay a $40 registration levy per drone.
Can I modify or deregister my drone after it’s been registered?
Absolutely! If a drone is lost, damaged, sold or modified, you will need to learn more about updating or deregistering the drone as required with each separate circumstance.
The easiest way to do so is by logging into your myCASA account, clicking through to the ‘Manage Registered Drones’ section, find and click on the drone listed that you need to modify or deregister and follow the prompts accordingly.
You can also reach out to CASA directly via the chat service on their website or by calling 131 757 if you need any additional assistance.
What are the penalties for flying an unregistered drone in Australia for agribusiness purposes?
As of January 2021, you can be fined up to $11,100 for flying a drone for a business or as part of your job without it being properly registered.
It’s definitely worth going through the simple registration process to make sure you avoid those hefty penalties.
If you’ve been thinking of purchasing a drone to increase productivity on your farm, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our drone expert Meg is always happy to steer you in the right direction!
Mobile: 0492 979 491