Regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems and associated systems

31 July 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-808-3

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 24KB)
List of abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 20KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 96KB)

Referral and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
192 ways to use RPAS
Opportunities and challenges

Chapter 2 - RPAS laws in Australia (PDF 141KB)

The Chicago Convention and the International Civil Aviation Organization
Australia's legal framework
Concerns raised in evidence regarding the regulations

Chapter 3 - 'Anything in the air is a risk': RPAS and aviation safety (PDF 162KB)

RPAS in aviation incidents worldwide
RPAS incidents and encounters in Australia
International regulatory responses to RPAS
Australian research

Chapter 4 - Safer Skies: Registration and education (PDF 180KB)

Identifying all RPAS operators
Educating all RPAS operators

Chapter 5 - Enforcement measures (PDF 95KB)

Vulnerable airspace
Airspace around public buildings
Local government initiatives
Delegation of enforcement powers

Chapter 6 - Technological compliance (PDF 103KB)

Technology-based solutions
Air traffic control

Chapter 7- A comprehensive approach to RPAS safety (PDF 78KB)

Whole of government approach
Consultation beyond the aviation sector
Cost-effective solutions
Regulatory consistency

Chapter 8 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 87KB)

Evidence-based regulatory reform
Mandatory registration regime
Tiered education program
Vulnerable airspace
Airworthiness standards
Whole of government approach
Addressing other policy challenges
Concluding comments

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 25KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 26KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511