Canberra, March 29-30, 2022

The Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems’ “RPAS in Australian Skies 2022” 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.


Registration for this event is now closed.

Event Themes

The themes covered in the conference included:

  • 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.

Conference Program

Monday 28 March, 2022

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
17.00 - 18.00Networking Drinks (open to all conference delegates)Melbourne Foyer, Hotel Realm

Tuesday 29 March, 2022

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
0900Conference OpeningReece Clothier
0910Keynote Address - DITRDCDiane Brown
0935Keynote Address - CASAPip Spence
1000RPAS and AAM Regulatory RoadmapSharon Marshall-Keeffe (CASA)
1025Morning Tea
1045Keynote Address - Airservices AustraliaLuke Gumley
1110Keynote Address - ATSBAngus Mitchell
1135RPAS in fire and emergency operations – Where are “WE” heading?Wayne Rigg (Fire Rescue Victoria)
1200Army UAS UpdateLTCOL Rod Lang (Australian Army)
1320Shifting perspectives: Risk, reform and collaboration Rowan Kimber (Aviassist)
1335Regulation of RPAS in Australia: Privacy, negligence and related IssuesBrendon Lord (Norton White)
1400RPAS Training into the Future
Wayne Condon (ATO Group)
1425Growing a drone capability for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.Renee Bartolo (Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)
1450Afternoon Tea
1520Legal Questions as Design Considerations for Military Uncrewed SystemsDr Eve Massington (University of Queensland)
1545UTM-ATM Integration - the Next StepDuncan Kennedy (Thales)
1610Model of Separation Standards for safe RPAS operations – The BARS Program David Anderson (Flight Safety Foundation)
1635Triton in Australian SkiesWGCDR Keirin Joyce and Cam Clark
1700End Day 1
1900Gala Dinner

Wednesday 30 March, 2022

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
0900ASSURE Research, Activities and OpportunitiesLux Luxion (ASSURE)
0925Recent Progress in International Operating Approvals, Airspace Integration and Certification of Large RPASGeoff Butler (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)
0950Some New Permutations in UAV Utilisation Terry Martin (Revolution Aerospace)
1015Driving Regulatory ReadinessBrendan Williams (Boeing Defence Australia)
1040Morning Tea
1110Drone Delivery in Our CitiesJesse Suskin (Wing)
1135At Swoop Aero, our goal is to provide 100 Million people with access to sustainable drone networks by 2025Zachary Kennedy (Swoop)
1200The Impossibility of the Drone Swarm
Tony Martin (Celestial)
1225Swarming and Drone Light Shows Andrew Crowe and Sue Osborn (Mirragin)
1350Closing the Innovation Gap through Regulator-Industry SandboxesBrendan Williams (Boeing Defence Australia)
1415UTM in Australia and Overseas
Melissa Alexiou and Zi Huang (Revolution Aerospace)
1440Unique Trends in the Malicious use of RPASMike Monnik (DroneSec)
1505Afternoon Tea
1535AAM industry development, and the path ahead for Australia
Natasha Santha (L.E.K Consulting)
1600Urban Air Mobility: A comparative review of policies from around the world– Lessons for AustraliaMirjam Wiedemann (University of South Australia) and Annie Liang (RMIT University)
1625AAM infrastructure - what do we really need?Clem Newton-Brown (Skyportz)
1650Closing remarks
1700End Day 2

Event Format

RPAS in Australian Skies 2022 will be a hybrid event incorporating face to face (live) and online (virtual) choices for participants.

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 at the venue.

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


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The 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus is now online outlining the sponsorship packages available for the event.