As of 28 January 2021, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that all drones used for commercial purposes must be registered.
CASA defines the commercial use of a drone as anything you’re doing for hire or reward, such as for business or as part of your job. For example, if you’re a production company strapping a camera to a drone for the purposes of gathering footage, or if you’re flying something into the air to test it via drone, that’s commercial use and your drone must be registered.
From 28 January 2021, you can be fined up to $11,100 if you fly an unregistered drone or without an operator accreditation (or remote pilot licence) for business use or as part of your job.
All drone operators, whether for recreational or commercial use, must ensure they abide by the current CASA drone safety rules or risk penalties of up to two years in prison and/or a fine up to $26,640.
Visit the CASA website for drone operation rules, registration, penalties and enquiries.