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.
Drone usage is not regulated by Local Governments. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australian is the national authority for the regulation of civil aviation - which includes drone regulations and certifications - and can also provide help and assistance to community members concerned about Drone use.
The Town of Cambridge is not positioned to enforce laws pertaining to Drone use unless it is being used in a public area where “remotely controlled aircraft” use is not permitted. These locations are listed below:
- Cowden Park
- Rutter Park
- Grantham / Selby Park
- Henderson Park
- Pat Goodridge Reserve
- Perry Lakes/Alderbury Reserve
- McLean Park
- Floreat Park
- Beecroft Park
- Helston Park
- Jubilee Park
- City Beach Ovals
- Bent Park
For information from CASA visit their website: https://www.casa.gov.au/drones
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 and you could end up in trouble with the Police.
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 work (commercially), you will need to adhere to the CASA regulations in relation to drones.
There are additional rules you must also follow and you may need to register your drone and get a licence or accreditation.
- You must submit an “application to film” with the Town of Cambridge before you can operate a drone for the purpose of filming for commercial purpose. See the schedule of fees.
- If you require use of a reserve for any commercial activity not related to filming then you must apply to Hire A Park
- 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