Accredited Drone Operator Program

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’ (AAUS) core objective is to promote a safe and viable unmanned systems industry in Australia. There is increasing use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones in a wide range of civil applications. These applications can deliver significant benefit to the public. However, the use of drones by unprofessional operators can have a detrimental impact on the high safety standard and reputation of the entire industry sector. It can also expose the end-users of drone services to a number of commercial, legal, and regulatory risks.
AAUS recognises the need to promote those drone operators who offer a high professional standard.
AAUS also recognises the difficulties end-users have in finding and identifying professional drone service providers.


The AAUS Drone Operator Accreditation Program provides independent checks on drone operators, who must sign up to an industry code of conduct, have insurance, and know the regulations and the principles of professionalism. The program is open to all drone operators who are members of AAUS, and is particularly targeted towards those intending to fly in the “excluded operations” category. Such operators will be able to access insurance under the program.

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At the heart of the AAUS Drone Operator Accreditation Program is the industry code of conduct. The code of conduct covers the principles of airmanship, professionalism, privacy management, and the concept of “flying neighbourly”.

An operator who signs the code of conduct agrees to implement practices aligned with the principles defined in the code of conduct.


More on Code of Conduct


Any AAUS member who meets the eligibility criteria can apply… and the cost? Completely FREE. At AAUS we believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to promoting safety and professionalism in our industry.

AAUS members can apply by emailing the necessary documentation to the independent Accreditation Panel for review using the link below.


Apply to AAUS