Drones

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

 You must:

  • 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:

  • Higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level — that's about the height of a 35-storey building or length of a football field.
  • Closer than 30 m to people — other than those helping to fly or navigate your drone.
  • Over or above people at any time or height.
  • Over or near an area affecting public safety.
  • In a way that creates a hazard to another person, aircraft or property.
  • Near emergency situations. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts or search and rescue, Westpac helicopter beach patrols.
  • In prohibited or restricted airspace .
  • Closer than 5.5 km to a controlled aerodrome or airfield (usually those with a control tower), if your drone weighs more than 100 g.

     

    You may operate your drone within 5.5 km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site only if:

  • There are no manned aircraft (one or more people inside) flying to or from the aerodrome.
  • You land as soon as safely possible if you see any manned aircraft flying to or from the aerodrome.
  • You stay outside the airfield boundary.
  • You do not operate in approach or departure paths.

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)

 

CASA

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 online

Apply to Fly your Drone in the Town of Cambridge