The Australian Government has recently registered an amendment to the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) - concerning the regulations of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPA's).
Some of the more interesting changes are:
4 classes of RPA, based on all-up-weight:
No training or licences required to operate Micro and Very Small RPA's commercially in standard flight conditions. However, CASA does have to be notified 5 working days beforehand.
Operation over Private Land
Small RPA's and below can operated over private land (the landowner/occupier must own the RPA) in standard flight conditions without requiring any licences or training.
New “Remote Pilot Licenses” to replace UAV Controller Certificate.
Standard Flight Conditions
Standard (not needing an exemption from CASA) conditions have been tweaked slightly to:
The full changes to the legislation are available at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00400
Note this legislation does not come into effect until 1 October 2016