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Drone safety review announced

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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Media Statement

10 October 2016

Drone safety review announced

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has today announced a review of aviation safety regulation in relation to the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones.

The review, to be overseen by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), will ensure the aviation safety regulatory system in Australia continues to facilitate a safe flying environment for all airspace users but also enable growth and innovation in drone-usage as this dynamic industry continues to evolve.

“The Australian Government is committed to regulations that promote the safety of people, property and drone operators,” Mr Chester said.

“CASA will take into account the views of industry and the community, as well as the work on drone safety recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“This review follows recent amendments by CASA which were also supported by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs in its report on RPAS operations.

“The amendments, which place strict requirements on how and where drones can be operated, were formulated following consultation with industry stakeholders.

“Under the new rules commercial operators are still required to register with CASA and to notify CASA where they intend to operate.

“Heavy penalties apply to those who break the rules and serious breaches may be referred for criminal prosecution.”

Media Contact: Kerri Griffiths 0417 617 482, Kate Barwick 0408 072 809