Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Controller Certificate - Australian Government

Service summary

You will need to apply for this permit if you intend to use a drone or similarly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system for commercial purposes. The UAV system may include:

  • the vehicle itself
  • the controllers
  • the pilot stations
  • command and control links
  • ground support equipment
  • components that have been specified in the type design
  • any other associated devices or operational personnel.

Some of the commercial purposes this certificate covers include:

  • weather monitoring
  • photography and filming
  • delivery
  • agricultural spraying or monitoring.

You will only be able to operate the UAV as long as it remains in your visual line of sight (VLOS) To operate it beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), you will require additional approval.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$160.00Fees for 2016-17.
Duplicate Certificate$25.00Fees for 2016-17.

Additional information

When submitting your application, you will need to:

  • have a valid Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • include a log book detailing at least 5 hours of aeronautical experience
  • have completed a UAV Type training course
  • have passed an aeronautical exam
  • pay any required fees
  • submit the appropriate form.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems


Operating address:
16 Furzer Street
Phillip, Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

1300 737 032
rpas@casa.gov.au

Supporting information

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