New drone website has lifted off
The Australian Government has launched a new website, drones.gov.au, to provide clear, accessible information on drone rules and regulations in the one location.
The website will also be an avenue for users to submit feedback, concerns or complaints about drones that can then be directed to the relevant agency.
The potential for emerging aviation technologies to achieve cost savings and other benefits is creating new opportunities across a wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction and key emergency services supporting communities in cities, regional areas and remote communities.
Drone technology is already having benefits on the national economy, Growth in the use of drones and eVTOL vehicles in Australia is estimated to support a $14.5 billion increase in GDP over the next 20 years and 10,000 new jobs by 2040.
The website has been developed to serve as a one-stop-shop for industry, recreational drone users and members of the public.
Drone users can find the information they need to fly by the rules, with links to safety requirements, and a quick and easy drone noise self-assessment and approval tool.
To visit the website, visit drones.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“The Australian Government recognises the importance of ensuring information on these regulatory requirements and process is clear and accessible to all members of the public, particularly those who own and operate drones or are thinking of doing so in the future.
“Rapid and continuous advancements in aviation technology bring opportunities for growth and development, and the launch of this website is another step forward towards unlocking the breadth of benefits increased uptake of drones supports.
“This website is the place to go for answers and guidance on drone use, no matter the level of expertise, and I encourage those interested to take a look.”
Quotes attributable to Reece Clothier, President of the Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems:
“This is going to be a great resource for industry and the general public.
“As the site grows, industry will benefit from having a single place for information on consultation, stakeholders, and collaboration in the sector.”