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Security policy

The Australian Government is progressing a holistic suite of policies and programs to address security and community safety risks of negligent and malicious drone and Advanced Air Mobility use in Australia.

The Australian Government is taking a by-design approach to security and community safety relating to the operation of drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Australia. This includes policies and processes to address the physical and cyber risks of these technologies and their systems.

Law enforcement capability

The Australian Government is also considering processes that ensure relevant agencies across Australia are empowered to act and respond to unlawful drone use to keep communities safe.

The department is developing policies, processes and regulations to improve appropriate access to counter-drone capabilities. This will include improved coordination of capabilities between agencies and governments to ensure a range of users have improved access to data on drone activity to manage security risks, and that interdiction capabilities can be deployed where appropriate.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made the Radiocommunications (Exemption – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Disruption) Determination 2022 that supports Australian police access to counter-drone equipment to provide safety and security that would otherwise be unlawful under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

The ACMA also supports innovation and industry development of certain types of counter-drone capability through its exemption framework. More information on how the framework facilitates access to banned equipment, including for research and development activities, and manufacturing of banned equipment is available on the ACMA website.

National Drone Detection Network

The department will lead the development of a coordinated system of scalable and modular infrastructure to detect drone activity and provide relevant data to a wide range of users. The National Drone Detection Network will focus on addressing priority security risks associated with drones, but as it grows will provide valuable data to support enforcement of other rules and regulations related to drone use.

Drone Rule Management System

The Drone Rule Management System will include management of rules relating to the security risks associated with drones, including permanent, temporary restrictions to protect assets, sites, activities and events where drones may present a security risk.

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