Australian Government’s Drone Discussion Paper & Consultation

There is yet another chance to have your say on the future of drones, this time in Australia. The Australian Government is consulting on their current regulations and some proposals.  The Australian Government’s drone discussion paper is out for consultation until the 22nd September 2017.


You can view the paper on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s website here.

The Drone Discussion Paper

The discussion paper is asking people to contribute to a review of the regulations currently in place. The discussion paper states:

“This discussion paper forms one part of the review of aviation safety regulation for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). CASA is also engaging an external consultant to provide a risk assessment framework for RPA systems to assist in the development of a risk profile for the RPA sector, using CASA’s safety risk profiling processes.”

They are also looking to implement a risk assessment process. One option could be the SORA methodology proposed by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking of Unmanned Systems (JARUS). And the CASA has contributed to the creation of the SORA methodology.

Other topics the Australian Government are interested in discussing are:

Who’s the Paper aimed at?

  • Commercial and recreational Remotely Piloted Air Systems operators.
  • General aviation.
  • Regular public transport operators.
  • Charter operators.
  • Airport and heliport operators.
  • Helicopter operators.
  • Local and State governments.
  • The general public.

Have your say

Again, this is another opportunity to have your say on the future of unmanned aviation. Particularly if you are in (or fly drones) in Australia. And if you have been working on your response for the EASA consultation you will have already been thinking about the what they are asking for.

The consultation is open until the 22nd September 2017.

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