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Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate - Australian Government


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a business as a drone service provider for hire or reward. This may include employing remote pilots to operate remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) of different weight categories, or applying for additional permissions and approvals to conduct more complex drone operations outside of the drone safety rules

If you intend to operate an RPA personally, you will need a remote pilot licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Upon certification, RPA Operators Certificates (ReOC) are valid for an initial twelve months, requiring the operator to renew after one year of operating. Upon renewal, ReOCs are then valid for three years.


An initial certificate is valid for one year. A renewed certificate is valid for three years.


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Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

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.