19 January 2021.

AgForce Policy Priorities Survey

If you fly a drone or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for business or as part of your job, did you know it has to be registered?

This applies to all drones that you fly no matter how much it weighs. 

Drone registration and operator accreditation are required by 28 January 2021.

Penalties will apply if you fly an unregistered RPA after this date.

Some drones don't need immediate registration, or for their operators to be accredited.

These exemptions include if:

  • you don't intend to fly your drone
  • you're only flying for sport or recreation, including model aircraft flown at CASA-approved model airfields


Registration is free for any drone registered before 30 June 2021, valid for 12 months, and required by 28 January 2021.

Visit the CASA website for more information.