Using drones for work? The laws to know
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in commercial settings. As businesses expand their use of drones, it is important to consider both the benefits and risks in order to make an informed decision about how you use this technology, whether it will be beneficial to your business, and how to mitigate hazards and risks when using drones.
The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) oversees the use of drones under the Commonwealth Government’s Civil Aviation Act 1988. CASA has online resources (external link) to support both individuals and businesses to understand their legal obligations and responsibilities when operating drones. These include safe flying dos and don’ts, and flying near public spaces.
Aside from Commonwealth civil aviation laws, there are other laws that you should consider, including work health and safety laws, criminal laws, privacy laws, intellectual property laws, environmental laws, and Tasmania’s Listening Devices Act 1991.
From a WHS perspective, this includes identifying potential hazards associated with using the drone, assessing the risks of these hazards, and putting in place control measures. You must also consult and communicate with your workers, contractors and others affected by your operation of the drone.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (external link) has information about drones and privacy, including if you’ve been photographed or filmed by a drone operated by an Australian Government agency and other specified organisations.