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Research and development

The drone industry is expected to create thousands of jobs and contribute $1.8 billion to the Australian economy by 2040.

Case study: Government, industry and university researchers are working together to prepare for new jobs in the emerging aviation technology sector.

Realising emerging opportunities

Industry and research organisations across Australia are working to help realise the growing opportunities presented by emerging aviation technologies.

For example, initiatives such as the TestLab program, which aims to help Australia’s small to medium enterprises adapt and use new technologies, are supporting research and development opportunities in the Australian drone industry.

The North Australia Centre for Autonomous Systems (NACAS), Charles Darwin University and RMIT University are researching and manufacturing drones through the TestLab program. The program will help improve existing operations, reduce reliance on outsourcing and create new services to increase revenue and gain a competitive edge.

Charles Darwin University will also offer a Diploma of Advanced Manufacturing alongside the TestLab program to provide training and accreditation opportunities in Uncrewed Autonomous Systems manufacturing for Australia’s next generation workforce.

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Other uses of drones in Australia
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How are drones being used in Australia?

Remote health

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Education and training

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Environmental management

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Farming

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How are drones being used in Australia?

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Goods delivery

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Disaster relief

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Fire and rescue

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Other uses of drones in Australia
Figure of Remote health
How are drones being used in Australia?

Remote health

Figure of Education and training
How are drones being used in Australia?

Education and training

Figure of Environmental management
How are drones being used in Australia?

Environmental management

Figure of Farming
How are drones being used in Australia?

Farming

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Arts

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Goods delivery

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Disaster relief

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How are drones being used in Australia?

Fire and rescue