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Consultation is a critical part of policy design, development and implementation. This page provides an opportunity for consultation on policies and initiatives for drones and emerging aviation technologies.

The Australian Government consults extensively with community, industry and research organisations, as well as state, territory and local governments, to help inform the development of emerging aviation technologies policy and projects. 

Current consultation

There are currently no consultation processes open.

To provide views or feedback outside of the consultation process, please get in touch through the Have Your Say page.

Forthcoming consultation

Future consultation opportunities will be listed here.

This list will be updated on a regular basis as projects progress toward open consultation on this website.

Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Forum

The Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Forum is the principle forum for the lead policy agency, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) to consult with a range of stakeholders. It provides a mechanism to help inform the development of the department’s policy advice for emerging aviation technologies in Australia.

The forum is not a decision-making body. It is intended to be a mechanism for open, non-binding discussions on policy options and associated issues. It does not replace broader industry consultation by other agencies’ working groups or forums.

Further information can be found in the Terms of Reference.

If you are interested in joining, please submit an Expression of Interest here. Industry representatives, academia, state, territory and local governments and other Commonwealth agencies are encouraged to apply.

National Emerging Aviation Technologies Consultative Committee

The National Emerging Aviation Technologies Consultative Committee (the Committee) was the principal forum through which the department engaged with industry. It has now been superseded by the Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Forum.

The Committee met regularly to ensure industry views were incorporated into future initiatives. The Committee is no longer active, however the outcomes of past meetings are available below.

Past consultations

Privacy Guidelines (August 2023)

The aim of the consultation was to seek feedback on privacy guidelines which will help drone users and the community to understand the privacy impacts of drones, encouraging drone use that is in line with community expectations.

Submissions received to the guidelines can be viewed here.

A summary of public consultation outcomes can be viewed here.


Remote Identification Discussion Paper (July 2023)

The aim of the consultation was to consider the potential role of Remote ID in the Australian emerging aviation ecosystem.

Submissions received to the discussion paper can be viewed here.

A summary of public consultation outcomes is available here.


Infrastructure planning guidelines for drone delivery services (November 2022)

The aim of the consultation was to ensure the guidelines are fit for purpose to manage the expected growth of drone operations in Australia in a manner that is safe, nationally consistent and considerate of the community and environment.

Submissions received informed the final version of the Infrastructure Planning Framework.

A summary of public consultation outcomes is available here.


National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies (September 2020)

This paper was the first step towards developing a national policy for the management of drones and other emerging aviation technologies. The key focus of the issues paper was to:

  • identify key opportunities and risks associated with these technologies;
  • outline current approaches for managing issues; and
  • propose the future policy direction.

Submissions to the paper, alongside broader community and industry consultation and extensive research informed the National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Statement.


Noise regulation review (2019)

In 2019 the department reviewed noise regulations to determine the potential impact of drones, urban air mobility aircraft and specialised aircraft, such as supersonic jets and historic warbirds.