Remotely Piloted Aircraft Licence - Australian Government


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

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

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

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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 Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 AG

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 AG

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

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Operating address: 16 Furzer Street
Phillip, Australian Capital Territory, 2606
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 1300 737 032