Registration is on its way: as a Drone Operator, what do I need to know?

Posted by Timothy Sutherland on Aug 7, 2019 10:46:41 PM



Update (6/11/19): CASA has formally announced that the registration scheme has been pushed back to between April & October 2020. More on this in due course.

Original Post:

The long awaited and highly contentious drone registration regulations from CASA are set to come into effect towards the end of 2019. Whilst a hard date for this requirement has not yet been set, there are a number of things, as an operator, that is vital to know.

Here are the things that all operators need to know


  • All drones flown for or at work will need to be registered, regardless of their type or weight.
  • This also includes ‘Sub-2kg’ and ‘Flying over your own land’ excluded categories
  • Registration holds for 12 months, and the charge will be per drone

How to Register your drones

  • All drones need to be registered via the MyCASA portal, with the following details:
  • The operator needs to be at least 16 years old
  • Proof of Identification
  • ARN Number
  • A debit or credit card

What is still to come?

The launch of the registration scheme is not yet finalised, and there are few more details to be ironed out after a period of public consultation.

Here is what’s left to come:

  • Date – the exact date has not been announced, with the view that it will be launched before the end of 2019.
  • Cost – there has been a lot of debate around the cost structure of registration. The initial cost basis was:
    • Commercial: $160 per drone
    • Excluded Category: Approx. $100 per drone
    • Recreational: $20 per drone
  • Despite this cost structure, CASA has opened this up to a public consultation period, before finalising the decision.
  • Accreditation: each pilot will need to be accredited every 3 years with an online video and quiz.

More information to come

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Topics: CASA, Drones