What you need to know about Drone Registration in Australia


If you are flying under the 'Sub 2 kg' or 'Flying over your own land' excluded category, you will soon need to register your drone. You do not have to do anything at this time.

Each drone being flown under these rules will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight.

As part of these new rules, you'll also need to get accredited to show you've learnt the drone safety rules.

All drones flown for or at work will soon need to be registered.

Each drone being flown at work will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight. Registration will need to be renewed every 12 months.

If you are flying your drone for fun, all drones weighing more than 250 g will need to be registered.

If you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) you will not need a drone accreditation certificate.


Australians are flying drones in record numbers. New rules on drone registration and accreditation are coming soon.

Drone registration will help us to ensure people are flying their drone responsibly. Just as you need to register your car to use the road, you'll soon need to register your drone to share Australian airspace.


When registration is introduced, to register your drone you will need:

to be at least 16 years old
proof of identification – Australian passport, Australian birth certificate, Australian citizenship certificate, foreign passport or ImmiCard
an aviation reference number (ARN) – easy and free to apply online
your drone details – including the make, model, serial number, weight and type of drone
form of payment – either a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card.
You'll need to create a myCASA account and use the portal to complete your registration.


In July 2019, legislation was passed to introduce mandatory drone registration and accreditation requirements in Australia.

These changes introduce new requirements for businesses and recreational flyers and will introduce a cost to register a drone, so CASA intends to consult on the proposed fees ahead of the scheme’s introduction.

Consultation on the fees is expected to begin in late-2019.To provide industry and households with adequate time to participate in the consultation of the fees, the scheme is now expected to commence in phases from mid-2020.

The rules will also require all drone flyers to gain an accreditation – that is, watch an online video and successfully answer a short quiz to demonstrate they understand the drone safety rules – or hold a remote pilot licence (RePL).

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Update October 23 2019

New Legislation just introduced: Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Model Aircraft— Registration and Accreditation) Regulations (No. 2) 2019.


Refers to the introduction of Rego, the associated penalties and Rego inplementation dates.

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