Canberra, March 10-11, 2021

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’ “RPAS in Australian Skies 2021” conference is an important strategic event aimed at the continuing discussion on the safe integration of RPAS into Australian Airspace.  It is supported by key government and industry participants and has established itself as a landmark event in the Australian RPAS calendar.

RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 will be the first face to face event for AAUS in over 12 months.

Event Themes

The themes will cover:

  • Policy and Regulatory updates from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, CASA, AirServices Australia and the Australian Defence Force relating to the use of emerging aviation technology in Australia.
  • UAS Traffic Management (UTM), low level airspace, integrated airspace systems challenges and opportunities.
  • Industry challenges and perspectives
  • Continuing development of a professional and safe industry.
  • ATSB RPAS data and trends
  • Emerging technology and innovative solutions enabling integration or RPAS into Australian airspace.
  • Future infrastructure requirements to enable drone delivery and advanced air mobility (AAM).
  • Emerging RPAS and AAM applications – benefits, viability and social acceptance. 
  • Summary and Panel session focussing on current and future work of AAUS membership working groups.

Event Format

RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 will be a hybrid event incorporating face to face (live) and online (virtual) choices for participants.  We hope that this offers flexibility for Australian and International delegates to participate in the current COVID environment.

Conference participants will be able to register as a Live or Virtual delegate where:

  • Live registration includes attendance to the conference in person in Canberra, and
  • Virtual registration includes attendance to the conference via an online virtual platform and does not give the ability to attend in person.

The conference will include both formal presentations and audience interactive panel sessions. 

There will be an opportunity for international virtual presentations streamed to the conference as well
as virtual attendance.

In addition, there will be exhibition space for exhibitors and sponsors.

There will be plenty of time to network throughout the event during fully catered morning, afternoon and lunch breaks.

This year we are introducing pre event networking drinks on the evening prior to the first day of the conference.

Event Schedule

Tuesday March 9, 2021

1700 – 1800: Welcome Networking Drinks

Wednesday March 10, 2021

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
0900Conference Opening
0910Keynote Address - Department
Simon Atkinson (DITRDC)
0940Keynote Address - CASATBC (CASA)
1005Keynote Address - AirservicesJason Harfield (Airservices Australia)
1030Morning Tea
1100Keynote Address - ATSBGreg Hood (ATSB)
1125CASA RPAS UpdateLuke Gumley (CASA)
1150Innovation at Airservices- the Integrated Airspace ProgramKristian Cruickshank (Airservices Australia)
1215Laying the platform to grow Queensland's Autonomous Systems SectorRADM (Ret) Simon Cullen (QLD Gov)
1340Providing safe, reliable and sustainable access to the skies
Eric Peck (Swoop Aero)
1405EVLOS - The Challenges and Rewards
John Morrison (Morrison Aerial Robotics)
1430BVLOS Operations in Australia - An Operators PerspectivePaul Herrmann (Textron Systems Australia)
1455Uber Air on demand vs Longer range shuttle flights - What makes more sense?Clem Newton-Brown (SkyPortz)
1520Afternoon Tea
1550AAUS Working Group Panel: Giving Industry a Considered VoicePanelists:
Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific),
Jackie Dujmovic (Hover UAV),
Joe McMahon (SUASROV),
Clem Newton-Brown (SkyPortz),
John Perkins (JFP Services)

1700End day 1 conference
1900Gala Dinner

Thursday March 11, 2021

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
0900ASSURE Research and Activities UpdateLux Luxion (ASSURE)
0925Detect and Avoid System Certification and the pathway towards Integration of Large UAS into Civilian AirspaceFateh Khan & Tim Bleakley (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)
0950Safe integration of advanced autonomy into unmanned aircraft systemsHunter Hudson (Northrop Grumman)
1015TBCTBC (Wing)
1040Morning Tea
1110SkyGuardian and Triton in Australian Skies WGCDR Keirin Joyce (RAAF)
1135A Probabilistic Methodology to Characterize UAS Ground Risk to Inform Operational Decision-MakingDr Reuben Strydom (Australian Defence Force)
1200TAS DCRC Autonomy Accreditation ProgramTom Putland (TAS DCRC)
1225Understanding autonomy and the importance of meaningful human control in civil aviationDr Zena Assaad (ANU)
1350Building Australia's Scalable Drone CloudDr Rohan Clarke (Monash University)
1415Spotter-AI Suite now paired with Ultra-Low Latency
Dr Paul Scully-Power (The Ripper Group)
1440Software Defined Radio Flight Inspection TechnologyPeggy MacTavish (Hensoldt Australia)
1505Afternoon Tea
1535Unmanned (RPAS) Laser Scanning - Where are we now and what should we expect in the near future?
Glenne Blyth (Riegl)
1600How professional RPAS Training has changed Operational practices
Wayne Condon (UAV Training Australia)
1625The Next Generation RPAS Pilots trainingDavid Mann (UAVAIR)
1650End Conference

Gala Dinner

The  AAUS Gala Dinner incorporating industry awards will run alongside the RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 conference.

The Gala Dinner is available at additional cost and provides a great opportunity to celebrate industry achievements and network with key industry and government delegates.

The AAUS Gala Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday March 10, 2021 in the Hotel Realm Ballroom. You can package the cost of the Gala Dinner with registration for your team under our sponsorship packages.


Pre Event Networking Drinks

All conference delegates are invited to attend our pre-event networking drinks function on the eve of the conference on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 

This is included in your registration fee.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 Terms and Conditions



  • Early Bird Registration is now open and will run until 11:59 pm on January 15, 2021. 
  • Standard rates will apply after that date. 
  • Pricing is Ex-GST.
  • We have built in safe guards to address financial risk for delegates in the event of COVID-19 restrictions.  For more information, please refer to RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 Terms and Conditions
Registration TypeEarly BirdStandard
AAUS Member (Live)$675$750
AAUS Member (Live) plus Gala Dinner$825$900
AAUS Member (Virtual)$440$490
AAUS Member (Free Virtual Session)*$0$0
Government (Live)$675$750
Government (Live) plus Gala Dinner$825$900
Government (Virtual)$440$490
Industry (Live)$765$850
Industry (Live) plus Gala Dinner$915$1000
Industry (Virtual)$530$590
Gala Dinner$150$150


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What’s Included in your Registration?

Live Registration

  • Access to all conference sessions at The Realm in Canberra during March 10-11, 2021
  • Access to recorded conference sessions (for post conference viewing)
  • Access to Industry Exhibition area during March 10-11, 2021
  • Conference Catering (Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea)
  • Pre Event Networking Drinks ticket (on evening of March 9, 2021)
  • Conference Program

Live plus Gala Dinner Registration

  • As above
  • Gala Dinner ticket (on evening of March 10, 2021)

Virtual Registration

  • Virtual access to all conference sessions
  • Access to recorded conference sessions 

Free Virtual Session Registration

  • Virtual access to AAUS working groups session (2 hours on March 11)
  • (For AAUS members only)

Gala Dinner Registration

  • Gala Dinner ticket (on evening of March 10, 2020)

Doma Hotel Accommodation Offer for Conference Delegates

Doma Hotels have offered the following discounts on room rates for AAUS conference delegates:

Doma Hotels AAUS Booking Offer




Platinum Sponsor

Networking Drinks & Lanyard Sponsor

Barrista Coffee Sponsor

Dinner Beverage Upgrade Sponsor


Gold Sponsor