Roundtable on Drones and Privacy

Almost every week the media reports on innovative uses for drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) – such as during bushfires, to monitor cattle remotely, or to deliver medical equipment in remote areas. At the same time, there is increasing concern about drones’ potential to invade privacy and interfere with other aircraft.

The Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee is concerned that as this emerging technology is being rapidly adopted, the regulatory framework might not be keeping up. Regulation must ensure that safety and privacy are not compromised by the expansion of drone use in Australia.

The roundtable had three focussed sessions:

The Committee tabled its report on 14 July 2014.

Report tabling speeches

The Committee tabled its report into the Roundtable on Drones and Privacy on 14 July 2014. These are the tabling speeches from the Chair, George Christensen MP, and Deputy Chair, Ms Sharon Claydon MP. Transcript.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2358

About this inquiry

Do drones pose a new threat to our privacy, or are they just innovative technology with benefits for governments and industry? This question will be the focus of a Committee roundtable investigating drones and privacy.

Past Public Hearings

29 May 2014: Parliament House, Canberra
21 Mar 2014: Brisbane
20 Mar 2014: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled

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