24 August 2018

On 31st July 2018, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Reference Committee released its Inquiry Report: ‘Current and future regulatory requirements that impact on the safe commercial and recreational use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated systems’.

On 2 August 2018, AAUS released a brief statement welcoming the Senate Inquiry Report and its intent to provide a detailed industry response. That statement can be found at: https://aaus.org.au/aaus-response-to-senate-inquiry/.

AAUS has since actively engaged its members towards the preparation of a comprehensive industry response to each of the ten recommendations contained within the Report.  This release provides an initial summary of the findings from this stakeholder engagement activity.

AAUS is Australia’s largest representative body for the unmanned / drone sector. Its 900 membership spans small-to-large enterprise, manufacturers, licensed and unlicensed operators, training providers, academic institutions, Government, and other supporting services to the Australian drone / Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) industry. Thus, the summary contained in the attached document offers a truly comprehensive industry response to the recommendations.

Industry’s response to the individual recommendations was varied, with industry holding both strong positive and strong negative viewpoints in relation to all of the recommendations.  These positions and underlying concerns are detailed in the attached statement.

Based on the industry response, AAUS is generally supportive of all of the recommendations made in the Senate Inquiry Report subject to the clarifications and concerns detailed in the attached statement.

AAUS welcomes further opportunities to engage with Government towards its objective to promote a safe, viable, and beneficial drone industry in Australia.

Read Full Press Release here:

20180824 – PRESS RELEASE – Senate Inquiry Report