Virtual Event held during April & May, 2020

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.


Due to the COVID-19 situation, this years’ RPAS in Australian Skies event will be modified to a new safe format. 


Revised RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 Format:

  • The RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 conference will now be run as a virtual event.  

  • The Virtual Event will comprise of recorded and live sessions including:

    • Recorded Presentations by all speakers that will be made available to registered delegates to access at anytime, via the AAUS website.

    • Live sessions on key areas of interest that will be presented at advertised times allowing Q&A capability.

    • A dedicated website hosting the recorded presentations, live sessions and discussion forums.

  • The event will be staged during a period from April through May and will enable all speakers and conference delegates to participate from the safety of their home or office. 

  • The AAUS Gala Dinner 2020 has been cancelled.  

Why this is important to industry and AAUS:

  • It enables AAUS to deliver a strategically important event for the RPAS industry sooner than if we were to hold it after the COVID-19 restrictions have cleared.  This will provide opportunity for Government and Government Agencies to engage safely with Industry and discuss key areas of interest.  

  • It also allows AAUS to earn much needed revenue which will be significant for its survival. As the peak industry body representing with Government, Government Agency and other sector stakeholders, we believe AAUS’ work is now more important than ever. Your support for AAUS as a Not-for-Profit organization is sincerely appreciated.

To date, we have had overwhelming support from our sponsors and speakers to support the RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 virtual event.

What does this mean for delegates that have paid for the event?

  • All current conference delegates will be given access to this restricted event.
  • A credit of $350 will be given to paid delegates which can be used on future AAUS events up until the end of 2021.
  • Anyone that included the Gala Dinner in their registration will be eligible a full refund for the dinner of $165 inclusive of GST.  Alternatively, they can elect to add that amount to their future credit.
  • AAUS will consider refunds to those that are under financial hardship at this time.  An administration cost will apply.  Please reach out directly to us should you wish to discuss this option and think it applies to you.

Can others participate in the RPAS in Australian Skies 2020 Virtual Event?

  • Yes, we will open registration and sponsorship for additional delegates to participate.  These options will remain available via the event website

AAUS appreciates and thanks conference delegates, our event sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support. AAUS is working hard to find ways to support industry and to ensure its own long term viability in this challenging time. It is times like these that industry needs a strong Association, and we are doing our best to ensure our industry is not forgotten in Government industry support packages.

Event Themes

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.


Confirmed Speakers

  • Simon Atkinson (Secretary, Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications)
  • Shane Carmody (DAS / CEO, CASA)
  • Jason Harfield (CEO, Airservices Australia)
  • Greg Hood (CEO, ATSB)
  • Luke Gumley (CASA)
  • LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Australian Army)
  • Kristian Cruickshank (Airservices Australia)
  • Dr Reece Clothier (Boeing NeXT)
  • Natasha Moffat (Boeing Research & Technology – Australia)
  • Dr Terrence Martin (Nova Systems)
  • Philip Rowse (CubePilot)
  • Geoff Butler (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc)
  • Frank Erb (Thales)
  • David Hansell (Loon)
  • Reinaldo Negron (Wing)
  • Stephen Luxion (ASSURE FAA Centre of Excellence for UAS)
  • Pawel Ziemba (KPGeo)
  • Wayne Condon (UAV Training Australia)
  • David Mann (UAVAIR)
  • Jayne Heatley / Kristina Cavanna (Norton White)
  • Rohan Clarke / Chris Dixon (Monash University)
  • Ross Anderson / Rowan Kimber (Aviassist)
  • Rob Sutton (Mirragin)
  • Joe McMahon (SUASRov)
  • Andrew Davies (Taz Drone Solutions)
  • Adam Welsh (DJI)
  • Jackie Dujmovic / Tim Robinson (Hover UAV)




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

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Gala Dinner

The planned AAUS Gala Dinner incorporating industry awards has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.

Delegates who have paid for dinner with their conference registration will receive a refund for the dinner component ($150 + GST).


  • AAUS Member:  $750
  • Government:  $750
  • Industry non-member:  $850
  • Academia:  $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 recorded conference presentations
  • full access to live interactive sessions
  • a credit for future AAUS events.