Drones are a major part of modern society and we are seeing more people using them every year. We are also seeing drone operators discovering many new and creative ways to utilise Drones for recreational and business purposes including emergency services.
The Town of Cambridge has also experienced an increase in Drone use and has created a policy to facilitate appropriate use within our boundaries, to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our residents and visitors.
If you plan to fly any drones fitted with camera equipment in a public area then you must apply for a permit from the Town first.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australian is the national authority for the regulation of civil aviation - which includes drone regulations and certifications. As Drone use becomes more prominent in society you may see the legislation and guidelines change to incorporate these many new uses, so keep your eyes on the CASA website for the latest information.
To keep yourself and others safe on the ground and in the air, please read the following before take-off.
Recreational Use - Flying in Town of Cambridge Public Space
- Only fly one drone at a time.
- Always fly your drone within visual line-of-sight — this means:
- Flying only during the day.
- Avoid flying in cloud, fog or heavy rain.
- You can see your drone with your own eyes at all times — not by using binoculars or watching a video screen.
- Not flying behind trees, buildings or anything else that stops you seeing your drone at all times.
- Respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent — this may breach other laws if you do so.
You must not fly your drone:
Know your Drone - Flying for fun(PDF, 104KB)
Commercial Use - Flying in Town of Cambridge Public Space
If you intend to fly your drone for or at work (commercially), as well as adhering to the CASA regulations in relation to drones, there are extra rules you must follow. You may also need to register your drone and get a licence or accreditation.
- You must apply for a permit with the Town of Cambridge before you can fly a drone for business use in any public space.
- It is illegal to fly for money or reward unless you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) or you're flying in the excluded category (sub-2 kilogram or private landholder).
Know your Drone - Flying for work(PDF, 159KB)
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australian national authority for the regulation of civil aviation - which includes drone regulations and certifications.
Know Your Drone
Reporting Unsafe Flying
If you believe you've seen someone breaking the rules, you can report it to CASA. Fines of up to $1,050 can be issued per offence. If the matter is taken to court, fines of up to $10,500 can be imposed.
Report Unsafe Drone Operations
Apply to Fly your Drone in the Town of Cambridge