Remotely Piloted Aircraft Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You may need this licence if you intend on operating remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for commercial, government or research purposes.

You will not need this licence if you intend on flying RPA for recreational or sporting purposes.

You will not need this licence if you intend flying very small (<2kg) RPA. If you intend on operating very small RPA for commercial purposes you only have to provide notification to the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) at least five days before the first commercial flight and operate by the standard operating conditions. 

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

There are two options to obtain this licence. If you have no prior aviation knowledge you will need to complete a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Controller Certificate focused entirely on the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) through a CASA approved training provider. If you have prior aviation knowledge you may already satisfy the minimum requirements for a UAV Controllers Certificate. 

Please refer to the attached documents and CASA website for more information.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Forms

 Resources
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Additional information

Prior to making any application with CASA, you will be required to obtain an Aviation Reference Number.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
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:

1300737032
rpas@casa.gov.au

Supporting information

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