Australian Association for Unmanned Systems

Avalon 2017 "Transforming Australia with Drone Technology" Conference

AAUS is back at the Australian International Airshow in 2017 hosting the “Transforming Australia with Drone Technology” conference.  

This year’s event will focus on the growth and utility of unmanned aerial systems for both military and civilian applications.

The event will be held at RMIT University, Melbourne CBD and at Avalon over 3 days (February 26 - 28, 2017)


Defence of our Nation using RPAS
A series of presentations from Defence, Government and Industry on Defence programs and security applications.
Drones making a difference in Civilian Applications
A series of presentations and discussion from successful end user / operator pairings focusing on civilian applications including agriculture, mining and infrastructure, cinematography, real estate and the environment.
Regulatory Development for RPAS
A series of presentations and discussion from CASA and Industry experts on CASR101 developments and roadmaps.

The conference will explore these themes through conference presentations, panel discussion and a series of debates.  Networking sessions will provide further opportunity for discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 45 minute debates will be held at Avalon on February 28 and cover the following topics:

- Weaponisation of Drones
- Misuse of Drone Technology
- Benefits vs Problems with Amended CASR101

The debates will be moderated and contested by key industry, defence and regulatory figures.  

AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.  Our events are strongly supported by key Government personnel and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner.  


This year, we will also be holding a photo competition for imagery taken by a drone.  Finalists for the competition will have their imagery displayed at Avalon during Industry and Public days. 

More Information on Photo Competition


The conference event runs over 3 days: Sunday February 26-28 at two venues.

Sunday February 26 & Monday February 27  
Storey Hall, RMIT University, Melbourne CBD

Conference presentations and networking over 2 days.

Sunday February 26: 

1030 - 1630: Conference. Lunch and tea breaks included
1900 - 2200: Conference Dinner


Monday February 27: 

0900 - 1700: Conference. Lunch and tea breaks included
1700 - 1800: Networking Drinks

Tuesday February 28
Avalon Airshow, Avalon

Tuesday February 28:

1000 - 1045: Debate: Weaponisation of Drones
1045 - 1115: Photo Competition Display
1115 - 1200: Debate: Misuse of Drone Technology
1200 - 1400: Photo Competition Display
1400 - 1445: Debate: Benefits vs Problems with Amended CASR101
1500: Announcement of photo prize winners. 
Photo Competition Display open to 1630

Conference Program


We have worked hard to keep registration prices as low as possible.  2017 prices are approximately 40% cheaper than 2015





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Conference Dinner



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AAUS gratefully acknowledges the support of the event partners and sponsors

Event Partner

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor

Silver Sponsor 

Photo Competition Sponsor

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