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Know the rules that apply to recreational drone users and fly safely.

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Environment

Drones have a relatively small impact on the environment. However, their use could still impact sensitive ecosystems as well as the enjoyment of nature by others.

National parks and other nature reserves can be controlled by local, state and Commonwealth governments. As such, there are different rules regarding the operation of drones in these areas.

Drones and the environment

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For information or concerns relating to drones in the area, it is best to check with the authority responsible for managing the park. Information can usually be found online or at a local visitor’s centre.

Drone operations do not currently meet the threshold to trigger the need for an assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Ecological impact

Researchers are using drones to measure ecological impacts in local environments. As drone use increases, it may be necessary for new research to improve our understanding of the ecological impacts of drones on wildlife. Understanding these impacts will help to inform how the use of emerging aviation technologies is managed in ecologically sensitive areas.

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