Drone operators must apply for an approvalunder the Noise Regulations. The grace period for industry to adjust to the new regulatory framework ended on 1 July 2022.
Most drone operators will likely be exempt or be granted an automated approval. Drone operators undertaking complex or large operations may need to undergo a more detailed assessment before obtaining an approval from the department.
Internationally, there are currently no mandated noise aviation standards for emerging aviation technologies, such as drones. Australia has implemented a flexible, risk-based approach to managing drone noise.
New drone noise regulations
The Noise Regulations were amended on 14 December 2021 to introduce a new regulatory framework to better manage noise from drones.
The framework provides a targeted, risk-based approach to managing noise disruptions caused by drones to the community.