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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


Commercial photographer walking to shoot location with a drone
Commercial photographer with a drone (photograph: Natalie Mendham)

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


​​​​​​Use of drones on reserve land

​The operation and use of drones on reserved land including national parks is not permitted​.

Commonly referred to as drones, the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is subject to requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and when used on or over reserved land, governed by the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2019.​

Whilst Tasmania’s scenic parks and reserves may seem like the perfect location for drone use, the operation of drones raises several potential negative impacts:

  • Disturbance to wildlife and the potential to impact animal breeding patterns and behaviour, particularly birds (e.g. eagles and other raptors, shorebirds),
  • Impact on visitor experience, 
  • Privacy of park visitors, and​
  • Safety issues; the potential for collision and impacting on helicopter and fire management operations. 

To clarify where drones are not permitted see the map on Managing our parks and reserves​. Beneath the map you''ll see a link to a more detailed external site map of Tasmania.

​Exc​eptions​

  • Commercial and event filming, and
  • Scientific research.

Drone operators must be certified and licensed by CASA to fly a drone before PWS will assess an application to use drones for commercial filming or scientific research.  More information can be found on our Commercial filming page.

​​​​Rep​ortin​​g d​ro​​​ne activity

​General drone activity can be reported t​o​ CASA via their web form​.​

For drone activity over reserved land, please contact PWS.

Contact

Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS, (1300 827 727)