CASA, the Australian regulator, will soon require drone pilots to register drones which were recently exempt.
Those flying in the sub 2kg or flying over your own land exemption category will now need to register from September 30.
This must be done by January 28, 2021.
CASA, which can be completed through the myCASA portal, says the registration will help ensure people are flying responsibly.
It went on to explain that it is currently consulting on proposed charges which include an initial fee-free period as well as the introduction of a simplified fee structure for other regulatory services – providing greater certainty for our operators.
Pilots can have their say via the CASA Consultation Hub until September 13 but the regulator did outline how this consultation does not include drones or model aircraft that are flown for fun (sport or recreation), model aircraft being flown at CASA-approved model airfields.
It also does not include the registration and accreditation laws (or standard operating conditions).
The registration levy for recreational drones and model aircraft will be the subject of a separate consultation at a later date.
Consultation on the potential ongoing costs of commercial registration and operator accreditation will occur in 2021.
As part of the new rules, people will also need to get accredited to show they learnt the drone safety rules.
Those with a remote pilot licence (RePL) you will not need an accreditation.
Drones weighing 250 g or less and those only flown indoors will not need to be registered.
When registration opens, pilots will need a myCASA account, to be at least 16 years old, proof of identification, an aviation reference number (ARN) and drone details, including the make, model, serial number, weight and type of drone.