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Mining companies urged to ensure drone registration

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority has confirmed that mining companies are being urged to ensure drones are registered now ahead of the 28 January deadline.

Miners using drones to inspect sites or equipment will need to make sure any drone they fly is registered, regardless of how much it weighs, or risk a fine.

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More than 800 organisations across the country have already taken advantage of free registration for the drones they use for business before the end of January deadline, with thousands of drones now registered for commercial use in Australia

As well as being registered, all drones used for business purposes will need to be flown by a pilot with accreditation or a remote pilot’s licence.

Drone registration is valid for 12 months and is quick and easy to do online – simply visit the CASA website and sign into myCASA to begin.

Operators flying unregistered drones for commercial reasons (for work) will risk heavy fines of up to $11,100.

Commercial operations may include:

  • using photos or videos taken from an RPA in the course of your work
  • stockpile management
  • inspecting industrial equipment, construction sites or infrastructure
  • monitoring, surveillance or security services
  • any drone activities on behalf of your employer.

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