March 25 – 26, 2020  Canberra

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’ “RPAS in Australian Skies 2020” 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.

The 2020 event will be the 5th in this conference series since 2016.  It will be held over 2 days at the Hotel Realm, Canberra

The themes will cover:

  • Policy and Regulatory updates from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, CASA, AirServices Australia and the Australian Defence Force
  • Airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM & UTM)
  • Australian very low airspace environment, challenges and opportunities
  • Safety lessons learned from RPAS operations in shared airspace with focus on BVLOS
  • Industry challenges and perspectives
  • Training requirements for future RPAS operators
  • ATSB RPAS data and trends
  • Emerging and related  technology and innovative solutions 
  • Future infrastructure requirements to enable drone delivery and urban air mobility.

AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.

Our events are strongly supported by key Government and Industry players and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Shane Carmody (DAS / CEO, CASA)
  • Jason Harfield (CEO, Airservices Australia)
  • Greg Hood (CEO, ATSB)
  • Simon Moore (GM, Air Traffic Policy, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development)
  • LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Australian Army)
  • Dr Reece Clothier (Boeing NeXT)
  • Dr Terrence Martin (Nova Systems)
  • Philip Rouse (CubePilot)
  • David Hansell (Loon)

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is still open for individuals interested in presenting a paper at the conference.  Abstracts should include a presentation title and outline topics and themes to be covered by the presentation.

Key Dates:

Call for Papers Open: 15 November, 2019

Call for Papers Close: 20 December, 2019

Draft Program Announced: 10 January 2019

Please send abstracts to

Sponsorship & Exhibition

There are some excellent sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available for interested organisations offering cost effective packaging of promotional items, exhibition and event registration for your team.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus


Platinum Sponsor

Gala Dinner

Similar to the 2019 event, RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 will run in conjunction with the AAUS Gala Dinner incorporating industry awards.  The Gala Dinner will be held at Hotel Realm on the evening of Thursday March 26. 

The Gala dinner will provide a great opportunity to celebrate industry achievements in the company of key industry and government participants. 


Opening soon

  • AAUS Member: $675 (Early Bird) / $750 (Standard)
  • Government: $675 / $750
  • Industry non-member: $775 / $850
  • Academia: $340 / $380
  • Gala Dinner: $150 (optional)
  • Speakers:  Complimentary registration for conference and gala dinner
  • Sponsors & Exhibitors:  Registration for conference and gala dinner included in available packages

Conference registration includes:

  • full access to 2 day conference
  • full access to exhibition
  • lunches, morning & afternoon teas
  • networking drinks function on Wednesday March 25.


  • The gala dinner on the evening of Thursday March 26 is offered at extra cost. 
  • All pricing is exclusive of GST.
  • Early bird pricing will close January 17, 2020


Please register via the event window below.(Make sure to select RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 and not one of our other events).


National Ballroom, Hotel Realm Canberra