28th April 2020

AAUS has made a submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements outlining benefits in adopting drone technology for bushfire management.

We understand that there are many issues currently impeding the use of drones for management of bushfires including regulatory, funding, capability integration and legal hurdles and have called for a national capability roadmap, capability development and implementation plan. This capability roadmap should establish national capability readiness milestones and outline the regulatory, contractual, technical and operational capability gaps and activities that need to be undertaken in order to realise them.

This initiative should be adequately resourced and involve active participation of industry, CASA, NAFC and Agencies.

Read AAUS submission:

AAUS Submission Royal Commission National Natural Disaster Arrangements 20200428

About the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was established on 20 February 2020 in response to the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20 which resulted in loss of life, property and wildlife and environmental destruction.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’, the Commission will examine coordination, preparedness for, response to and recovery from disasters as well as improving resilience and adapting to changing climatic conditions and mitigating the impact of natural disasters. The inquiry will also consider the legal framework for Commonwealth involvement in responding to national emergencies.

The Letters Patent for the Royal Commission set out the terms of reference and formally appoint Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC (Retd), the Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC and Professor Andrew Macintosh as Royal Commissioners.

The Commission will draw information from a variety of sources, including public submissions and hearings. This will inform the Commission’s report and recommendations for mitigating and responding to, future natural disasters.

The Commission will deliver a final report by the end of August 2020.

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Website